National Museum in Warsaw
28/05 – 6/09 // 15-20PLN
We have to admit we have been watching closely the National Museum’s activities since 2012 (150th anniversary, re-branding – new logo and visual design, impressive temporary exhibitions – Rothko, Orientalism in Polish Art, Gierymski, Boznańska..) and we are simply amazed!
This time, the Museum prepared another treat: an exhibition organised in collaboration with the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid where it will be on display form September 2015. Dubbed the Pope of the Avant-Garde, Tadeusz Peiper spent 5 years in the Spanish capital (1915-1920) where he worked with important figures such as Delaunay, Borges, Leger, Malewicz, Witkacy, Gris, Kobro, Strzemiński, and Chaplin. It’s a rare occasion to see their works in one place. We also took a look at the related events – definitely worth booking.
Follow the National Museum on Facebook to get a sneak peek of the behind the scenes of the exhibition installation.
Well, recently new cafes and restaurants began popping up in Bielany, which is great news, especially considering that 4 years ago the choices were very limited. Cafe de la Poste started it all: and while we love their sandwiches and croissants, the coffee isn’t great, and the service can be rude (once I wanted to buy half a baguette, which they have on the menu, and the waitress rolled her eyes at me, and sold me the damn bread saying ‚it’s the last time’, without actually telling me why I can’t buy sth from the menu to go…). Roślina, on the other hand, has super friendly staff, and their yummy bread comes from Piekarnia Aromat, but we feel they’re a bit too pricey (for instance: the 14pln breakfast set at Fawory has three different pastes and veggie pate, sliced cucumber, tomato,and greens, and at least four slices of bread, and Roślina’s 13pln plate has two boiled eggs, two slices of bread, and a few slices of tomato, cucumber with a pinch of sprouts), and we don’t get why they serve their delicious tea without teabags or some brewing container. It’s annoying when you have to fish out the tea leaves yourself. However, it’s a beautiful place, so we can forgive a lot.
Our #1 in this contest is Czytelnia cafe. It’s pretty, has a spacious interior, and their baristas know what they’re doing. Super friendly staff, my bf and I recently went there to try some aeropress brew, and the guy was happy to explain everything and charged us for only one coffee. I had tea (which was a nice earl grey) and a spinach tart (which was heated in an oven, not a microwave, and was very tasty)- and we paid 30PLN for everything. This place is filled with books and magazines (the New Yorker!) which you can read while enjoying a cup of coffee. We hope to try their breakfasts soon!
All in all, we’re happy to see new cool places in the hood. Keep up the good work guys!
(photo credit: Wikimedia commons, pl. Konfederacji)
Following the release of VeryGraphic: Polish Designers of the 20th Century – a compilation of information on contemporary graphic design by Culture.pl, we thought we would present to you a selection of Polish Graphic Designers we admire.
Wiktor Górka (1922-2004) was one of the founders of the Polish Poster School. He ended up in Mexico, where he taught drawing and poster design at prestigious Mexican art schools until the mid-90s. At the 6th International Poster Bienniale in Mexico in 2000, he received the top award for his contribution to the development of graphic arts in Mexico – Medalla a la Excelencia José Guadalupe.