The Different Faces of Photography
These photos were taken in the Hedeby Viking Museum and in Jellenbek (nearby place where Santa Catherine church was located) on 3rd July 2017.
Information about excavation on remains of Santa Catherine church can be found here.
These photos were took on 22nd June 2017 during my second visit in Cologne and my favourite Gothic cathedral – Cologne Cathedral . Photos from my previous visit you can find in the gallery ‘Köln‘.
These photos were took during my stay in Bonn which lasted from 20th to 24th June 2017.
I went to Bonn due to nice interdisciplinary seminar ‘Death and Magic in Viking and Medieval Scandinavia‘ which took place at the University of Bonn. During I presented my paper entitled ‘The Bird Motif in the Viking Age‘.
The Pre-Christian beliefs of the Scandinavians, and especially their approaches to death and the supernatural world, are currently some of the most widely debated topics in Old Norse and Viking studies. As a result of new methodological and theoretical developments, scholars are becoming increasingly interested in finding innovative ways to move beyond the strictly defined disciplinary borders. It is now more clear than ever that any meaningful study of pre-Christian beliefs in the North must seek to combine different categories of sources from a range of disciplines, including archaeology, iconography, textual scholarship and history of religions.
In order to help students and young scholars to develop sensible methodological skills in approaching, assessing and critically combining sources from these different fields of research, together with Professor Dr. Rudolf Simek we will hold an open seminar entitled “Death and Magic in Viking and Medieval Scandinavia”. The seminar will provide graduate and post-graduate students with essential background knowledge on how to approach and critically filter the rich material and textual sources and effectively use them in interdisciplinary research on various aspects of pre-Christian beliefs in the North. [source]
More information on the website of the Abteilung für Skandinavische Sprachen und Literaturen
In the poster is presented an artistic reconstruction of a grave form Nordre Kjølen (Norway) which was painted by Mirosław Kuźma.
Below, I present photos which I took in The Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art at Sukiennice in Kraków on 5th March 2017.
Below, I present photos which I took in the National Museum and the Old Market Underground Museum in Kraków on 5th March 2017.
On 3rd February 2017, I took part in the Early Medieval Forum (Fórum včasného stredoveku) in Bratislava, and I presented there the paper entitled “Viking Re-enactment in Poland: Beginnings, Development, and Current Problems“. The whole symposium was dedicated to the early medieval re-enactment and experimental archaeology. I would like to thank all participants for a nice reception, fantastic event and very interesting discussions during the Forum.
On 4th February, I visited the Slovak National Museum in the Bratislava Castle. I saw there contemporary exhibition “Celts from Bratislava“, and constant exhibition devoted to the Prehistory, the Migration Period, and the early Middle Ages in Slovakia. Moreover, I visited the beautiful old part of Bratislava.
Najprościej byłoby powiedzieć, że idzie o rzeczywistość marzenia lub snu. Dla mnie ma on charakter czysto wizualny, ale za tą wizją ukrywa się przeżycie, które jednak nie jest przekładalne na słowa.
It would be easy to say that this is all about dreaming or fantasy. For me it has a purely visual character, but beyond the vision there is hidden an emotional experience that cannot be put into words.
On one Saturday (28.01.2017) I visited the Gallery of Zdzisław Beksiński in the Historical Museum in Sanok. I really would like to saw again this amazing place (my first visit took place on 14 November 2014) and reminded myself how this huge collection of Beksiński’s works (c.a. 600 – according to the Museum’s website) looks life.
The exhibition in the Gallery begins with the rooms dedicated to works which this very talented Artist has manufactured in Sanok – the city in which he was born, and lived till 1977. In the first room are presented heavy and disturbing metal sculptures, metal reliefs, ceramic heads, drawings and early paintings. The second smaller, room is devoted only to the black and white photographies. I like these amazing moments, Artist’s visions, and mysterious sceneries immortalised on a celluloid.
The next room of the Gallery is unique. In it is placed the full-sized reconstruction of the original Warsaw studio. The Warsaw studio was a place in which this Artist created the most famous of his paintings. This part of exhibition allowed us to see how this artist worked, what kind of paints he used, and what genres of music he listened during work.
The following part of the Gallery (placed behind Warsaw studio) is also dedicated to the Beksiński’s works manufactured in Sanok. In this room part of the Artist’s works are hanging on the walls, but more of them lying in drawers of metal cabinets. This part of the exhibition consists of drawings, various black and white photos, colourful paintings on glass, monotypes, computer graphics, ceramic heads, and several paintings. In my opinion, the exhibition presented in this room allows us to know better the various aspects of the creative output of this unusual Artist.
The next part of the Gallery is dedicated only to the paintings. There are presented paintings, which have been reproduced in the numerous albums, i.a. AA72 (known among Beksiński fans as “the Valley of Death”), AA83, AA78, and Y (the last painting of the Artist). Lots of paintings exhibited in this room are my favourite Beksiński’s artworks. I like to look at these paintings and admire intricate brush’s strokes compose on these remarkable “depictions”. As far as I am concern, every detail of every single Beksiński’s artwork could be a separate picture.
The last room of the Gallery consist of “the Labyrinth” in which also are exhibited wonderful paintings of the artist. In the Labyrinth are mainly presented artworks which have belonged to the collections of Zofia Beksińska or Tomasz Beksiński. I believe, that these unusual and fascinating pictures, which for some people could be terrifying, struck spectator with a multitude of details and strange visions. Moreover, I am of the opinion that these artworks ‘tell’ us stories about dreams and fears hidden deep in the nook of the artist mind. I think also they are also pictured stories from fantastic, weird worlds, which have been frozen in time on hardboards.
‘AF76’ is one of my favourite Zdzisław Beksiński’s paintings. I really like these entangled hands, hanging heart and mysterious stone doors which have been frozen in time. In my opinion, this painting has also wonderful colouring (these greens and yellows are simply amazing!).
To conclude, this visit was an extraordinary experience for me. I enjoyed this metaphorical travel between different worlds depicted on Beksiński’s drawings or paintings. I would like to recommend the Gallery of Zdzisław Beksiński in the Historical Museum to the every person who will plan to visit Sanok!
For more information about life and works of Zdzisław Beksiński, visit:
You can also support the campaign aims to raise funds for a documentary about the Beksinski family entitled “From the Inside” (“From the Inside” campaign).
These photos I took in the Historical Museum in Sanok on 28.01.2017. This museum is located in the Sanok Royal Castle which is situated on a hill in Sanok (Poland).
The archaeological exhibition is placed in the one of the basements of the Sanok Royal Castle. On this small exhibition they are presented archaeological finds discovered in Southern Poland. Here can be see examples of unique hoards from the Bronze Age and the early Iron Age, but also artefacts from the Neolithic, the Iron Age, and the Middle Ages.
Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.'
J.R.R. Tolkien,'A Walking Song'
'Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.'
'Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.'