Within Frames. The Art of the Sixties in Hungary (1958–1968)

Within Frames is the first exhibition staged by the Hungarian National Gallery to present a comprehensive picture of Hungarian art between 1958 and 1968. A significant part of the 350 or so exhibits – paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, books, posters, and works of applied art – are not included in permanent exhibitions and many of them have been concealed from the public for the five or six decades since they entered public collections.  »

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Bazovský, The Photographer

The fine art of Miloš Alexander Bazovský (1899–1968), one of the founders of modern  Slovak painting, has been presented in many exhibitions and publications. However, Bazovský in the role of a photographer will have his first solo exhibition at the SNG. There are several topical and compositional parallels between his shots and some of his drawings and paintings. Bazovský was not only interested in traditional rural topics – in this area, he was a somewhat rougher and more journalistic counterpart to Karol Plicka – but he also focused on various manifestations of the modern lifestyle: sports, tourism, travelling. He often portrayed his friends. »

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The dissonant heritage of extermination camps

Contrary to what is commonly feared in Poland, the interlocutors do not usually mean “Polish camps” nor suggest that Auschwitz, Treblinka or Majdanek were run by Poles. This is the view of a handful of dunces.  »

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The Cultural Heritage of the Reformation in Silesia

The Reformation significantly influenced the history of Silesia. It is a multi‑dimensional portrait, which depicts religious, cultural, political, and social realities, emphasizing not only the presence, but above all the contribution of Silesian Protestants to the development of almost all aspects of life. The exhibition will debate the common Protestant stereotypes (that a Protestant is always German, for example), present the complexity of the Reformation movement, and encourage the viewer to form their own questions, reflections and thoughts. »

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Szczecin Avant-garde

The exhibition Szczecin Avant‑garde gathers the works of contemporary artists associated with the Department of Painting and New Media of the Fine Arts Academy in Szczecin, who are working through the ideas of classic avant‑garde. It is presented within the frame‑ work of the local context, specifically the history of two institutions that originated from the urban middle class – the museum and art school. Opposition to these two institutions and the ensuing reform were the basis of the avant‑garde project of the early 20th century. »

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Wyspiański

The exhibition presenting the Museum’s full collection of works by Stanisław Wyspiański (1869–1907). The collection of over 900 works by an artist who was one of Poland’s most eminent artists, making paintings, drawings, and graphics, and also a poet, playwright, set designer, and theatre reformer. The collection has unrivalled artistic value and is second to no other collection of Wyspiański’s works in Poland and abroad. »

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Mateusz Marczewski, The Circular Lakes of Belarus

Near Polotsk in Belarus, there are several dozen bodies of water with a regular circular shape. They are holy lakes, mystical places of worship of the pagan tribe of Krivichi, who inhabited these areas in early medieval times. For them, a circle symbolised a closed cycle of the transmigration of souls – rebirth and perpetual existence – therefore their temples were usually set up as circular structures.  »