In times of crisis, painters and writers have channelled anxious expression through their art. What might this reveal about our present state of precarity?
Marta Bogdańska, creator of the “Shifters” art project, talks about the history of humans (mis)using animals in armed forces and intelligence agencies.
The colour yellow glimmers in the art of Giotto and Van Gogh, among others. Yet there is a more sinister story behind the pigment the painters used.
Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including the James Webb Space Telescope, the sun’s Nemesis, and the longest thunderbolt ever recorded.
In their games, explorations and art, the Surrealists embraced the land of imagination – and showed precisely why imagination is so powerful.
“At that point the old man appropriately recalled that, in the preceding night, he had dreamed of a stove, and to dream of a stove is a sign of sorrow.” An excerpt from Anton Chekhov’s “The Dependents”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka.
The painter and theorist Wassily Kandinsky was a pioneer of abstraction in the West. His art was influenced by both expressionism and spirituality.
Israeli visual artist Yael Bartana talks about the prospect of women ruling the world, patriarchal norms, and her new film “Two Minutes to Midnight”.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the invention of holograms seemed to represent huge potential for the art world. Why did the use of this technique never catch on?
“A child breathes inner promise...” An excerpt from Janusz Korczak’s “How to Love a Child”, illustrated by Joanna Grochocka.
Which photographs deserve to be presented to the outside world and which should be left out? Is a positive always more important than a negative?
The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained rare and isolated phenomena. Nowadays they are omnipresent and delight even relatively insensitive humans. So what can we learn from flowers?
On the centenary of Poland’s independence, we take a closer look at the odd relationship Poles have with freedom. Here, we observe the artist Stanisław Szukalski as he goes searching for traces of ancient Poles on Easter Island.
About 10 years ago, a door appeared behind the church’s side altar. We don’t know what happened behind that door, but we do know that it was life-changing. A short story set in the Polish countryside. Original publication by Magda Kiełbowicz.
Geta Brătescu is a Romanian artist who made a great impression on us during the last Venice Biennale. We tell the story of an exceptional figure, who became an international star only in her eighties.
In the 1960s, LSD was legally available across Czechoslovakia. A writer recounts the story of how a communist state became the leading manufacturer of a psychedelic drug. Original text written by Aleksander Kaczorowski.