MUSEUM OF CARTOON ART AND CARICATURE / WARSAW – Your open resource to the history of caricature

The museum’s archives are a resource for art historians and press publishing companies and it is an open resource to anybody, who is interested in the history of caricature. Its collections include over 20 thousands of works of Polish and foreign artists (the works included both contemporary and archive materials). The Eryk Lipiński Museum of Caricature (named after its founder) ...

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THE ROMANTIC – Poem, by Adam Mickiewicz

Adam Bernard Mickiewicz was a Polish-Lithuanian poet of the Romantic period. He is seen as one of Poland’s Three Bards. http://www.allposters.com/-sp/The-Birthplace-of-Adam-Bernard-Mickiewicz-1798-1855-at-Zaosie-Posters_i10076977_.htm?ac=true He was a creator of Romantic drama and has been compared both at home and in Western Europe to Byron and Goethe. Born into an impoverished noble family, he studied at the University of Wilno and in 1817 he ...

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JOURNEY UNTIL SANOK / POLAND – Museums, Trial of Icons and the beauty of the nature

In 1900 this little town had 6123 inhabitants (30% Jewish). After World War I, Sanok was incorporated into the Polish Republic. http://www.staypoland.com/about_sanok.htm After Word War II, the town’s large population of Jews were almost all murdered during the holocaust. Tomasz Sylwester Beksiński (a popular Polish radio presenter) was born here, such as his father Zdzisław Beksiński (the painter specializing in ...

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THE TERRIFYNG ART AND THE SAD LIFE STORY OF POLISH PAINTER – Zdzisław Beksiński

ZDZISLAW BEKSINSKI 1/3 – He never provided names (nor explanations) for any of his paintings. He was born in Sanok (southern Poland), http://www.muzeum.sanok.pl/pl/ where he started in architecture, but hated it and became a painter. In 50s he spent a few years working as a supervisor at construction sites for Autosan bus factory. http://meetingbenches.com/2017/04/wonderful-sanoks-landscapes-poland/ Painting on hardwood boards he prepared ...

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THE EXOTIC PAINTER WHO CAME FROM THE EAST – Tsuguharu Foujita, between naked woman and a multitude of cats

TSUGUHARU FOUJITA 1/3 – He (Japanese-born French painter) was born in Tokyo in 1886. He developed a very personal style of painting, which is open to the influence of Gauguin and Symbolism, painting with stylized shapes, shadows and a clear palette. He preferred the ink to Japanese technique, giving prominence to the line, instead of the volume.     TSUGUHARU FOUJITA ...

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JAPANESE BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ

Immediately after World War II have been written modern dramas, which were able to move an international audience. http://meetingbenches.com/2017/04/satsuma-domain-japan-kagoshima-landscapes/ Early works of Japanese literature were influenced by cultural contact with Chinese literature. Japanese literature has a long history and showcases the idiosyncrasies of such a culturally dominant nation. You need to remember that – since Japan reopened its ports to ...

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THE STARTLING POETRY OF JAPANESE MODERNIST – Chika Sagawa: uses free verse to explore interiority

Few women wrote poetry and those who did, typically used traditional forms to address domestic concerns. Chika Sagawa, born in Kawasaki Ai in 1911 was one of the most innovative poets in early-twentieth-century in Japan. Rather than relying on traditional forms, she used free verse to explore her interiority through imagery and her images were shockingly new. Not long after ...

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THE LONG JOURNEY OF THE JAPANESE MUSIC – Starting from shōmyō and gagaku, coming to Extreme metal and Game music

Japanese idol musical artists are significant part of the music market (girl groups and boy bands regularly topping the singles chart). Japan has the sixth-largest population in the world and its music industry generates billions of dollars worldwide every year. http://meetingbenches.com/2017/04/satsuma-domain-japan-kagoshima-landscapes/ The first Fuji Rock Festival opened door to huge rock music celebration in 1997. Rising Sun Rock Festival, opened ...

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