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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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23 results
Magazine
Magazine
Magazine / society
The Radiance (and Gloom) of Yellow
The Radiance (and Gloom) of Yellow
Magazine / society

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.

Szymon Drobniak

Magazine / culture
I Create Everything Anew
I Create Everything Anew
Magazine / culture

The painter and theorist Wassily Kandinsky was a pioneer of abstraction in the West. His art was influenced by both expressionism and spirituality.

Małgorzata Czyńska

Magazine / culture
An Artist of Many Faces
An Artist of Many Faces
Magazine / culture

Nadia Léger – also known as Wanda Chodasiewicz – is barely remembered today. Yet the painter practised a great many styles, playing a significant role in Polish art history.

Zbigniew Libera

Magazine / culture
Painted Children
Painted Children
Magazine / culture

Throughout the history of art, children are rarely depicted affectionately in paintings. Rather, they represent the politics and society of their times.

Anna Arno

Magazine / science
The Maths of Brush and Baton
The Maths of Brush and Baton
Magazine / science

Fractals – self-similar geometric patterns – might feel like a scientific concern, but they can also be observed in art, architecture and music.

Kajetan Giziński

Magazine / culture
Love and the Muscle
Love and the Muscle
Magazine / culture

The heart is often depicted as two, joined symmetrical arches and associated with love. How did this develop throughout the history of art?

Grażyna Bastek

Magazine / culture
A Painter in Turbulent Times
A Painter in Turbulent Times
Magazine / culture

The Jewish painter Mela Muter was born to a socialite family in Warsaw and died alone in France. Along the way, she created a remarkable variety of art.

Zbigniew Libera

Magazine / culture
The Pygmalion Effect
The Pygmalion Effect
Magazine / culture

According to the ancient myth, the king and sculptor Pygmalion fell in love with an ivory statue of his own creation. What do such legends tell us about the human psyche?

Anna Arno

Magazine / culture
The King of Krakowskie Przedmieście
The King of Krakowskie Przedmieście
Magazine / culture

Andrzej Partum was an orphan and vagabond, a provocateur of the cultural establishment, and – to some people, at least – mentally ill. But he was above all an artist.

Zbigniew Libera

Magazine / culture
Not Just the Mona Lisa
Not Just the Mona Lisa
Magazine / culture

The most famous smile in art belongs to Mona Lisa. Yet upturned lips have a much longer history in portraiture, indicating a wide range of emotions – mystery, bliss and even disgust.

Anna Arno

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