Pot-boilers of Soc-Modernism

Investigation by Max Cegielski


Since the fall of the socialist system in 1989, the Polish authorities have regularly been destroying any artistic traces of the old regime, making no distinctions between Socialist Realism and Socialist Modernism although very different. This is how Supersam – the 1962 architectural master piece of Jerzy Hryniewiecki – was demolished in 2006 and that the frescoes and wall paintings and mosaics of Edward and Gabriel Rechowicz are also subject to the same fate here and there. Artists and architects protests have not changed anything to this phenomenon in which ideology and real estate profits work together.

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Filip Springer, Źle urodzone: reportaże o architekturze PRL-u, Karakter, Cracow, 2011, p.7.

[ 2 ]

Filip Springer, op.cit, p. 7-8.

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[ 4 ]

Paweł Giergoń, Mozaika warszawska. Przewodnik po plastyce stolicy 1945-1989, Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, Warsaw, 2014, p. 162.

[ 5 ]

In Paweł Giergoń, op.cit., p.10.

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In Paweł Giergoń, op.cit., p. 9.

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Max Cegielski, Mozaika. Śladami Rechowiczów, WAB, Warsaw, 2011, p.24.

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As told by David Crowley in „A land still undiscovered?”, Herito, 17-18, (4/2014-1/2015), p. 12, http://www.herito.pl/en/articles/a-land-still-undiscovered

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In David Crowley, op.cit, p.19.

[ 11 ]

Max Cegielski, op.cit. p.163.

[ 12 ]

Max Cegielski, op.cit., p. 164.

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Including „Obrazy w architekturze” in Projekt Kordegarda, curated by Paweł Giergoń.

[ 14 ]

Ewa Toniak, Prace rentowne. Polscy artyści między ekonomią a sztuką w okresie odwilży, Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Warsaw, 2015, p.15.

[ 15 ]

Łukasz Ronduda, „Neo-Avant-Garde Movement in the Security Service Files.”, Piktogram, 9/10, (2007-08), p.34.

[ 16 ]

Łukasz Ronduda, op.cit., p.37.

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Max Cegielski, op.cit., p.246.

[ 18 ]

Ewa Toniak, op.cit., p.126.

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Markowska Anna, Dwa przełomy. Sztuka Polska po 1955 i 1989 roku, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń, 2012, p.166.

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Łukasz Stanek, Postmodernism is almost all right. Polish architecture after socialist globalization, Fundacja Bęc Zmiana/Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej, Warsaw 2012, p.8.

[ 21 ]

Paweł Giergoń, op.cit, p.13.

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Paweł Giergoń, op.cit. p.9.

A tram stop in the very heart of Warsaw: thousands of residents of the nation’s capital transfer to the metro here and pass under the scaffolding, surrounding the construction of a new office building. The fence proudly announces: It’s Going to be a Good Day, if you rent office space at Centrum Marszałkowska. On his…

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