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Published at:01.10.2012

Jiří Kolář
Eyewitness. 1949 Diaries
Translated: Renata Putzlacher-Buchtová

Jiří Kolář is a key representative of the Czech literature of the 20th century. His writings are still relatively unknown outside the Czech Republic. He achieved world fame mainly as an artist, exhibiting in the Guggenheim Museum in New York, among others. He owed his entire knowledge and artistic skills to his own inquisitive nature and sensitivity to the world around him.

The diary had never been published in Polish in its entirety. The last edition appeared in the Czech Republic in 1983. The present edition of Eyewitness aims to introduce Kolář’s writings, among which the form of a diary was one of the principal devices, to the Polish readers. Eyewitness is a poetic record of twelve months in the life of Jiří Kolář.

The book has been published to coincide with Jiří Kolář’s exhibition Collage with an Ermine organised by MOCAK, the first monographic presentation in years in Poland of the work of one of the most outstanding Czech artists.

Tadeusz Nyczek
What Is Art for? Talking to Writers

In this tome, the outstanding critic has combined his two passions: art and literature. He invited nine well-known writers to talk about contemporary art. His interlocutors, many of them his long-standing friends, sincerely and without standing on ceremony talked about his reflections on art. He shared their fascinations as well as frustrations, related to the work of contemporary artists. Above all, they were willing to hand over their own, private key to understanding art. Those interviewed were: Janusz Anderman, Janusz Głowacki, Jan Gondowicz, Ryszard Krynicki, Marek Nowakowski, Jerzy Pilch, Olga Tokarczuk, Krzysztof Varga, Adam Zagajewski.

Tadeusz Nyczek’s book is the first in the series What Is Art for? and the project of the same title, being prepared by MOCAK.