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Warsaw’s key events at a glance…  Last Chance! Locked for nearly half a century behind an Iron Curtain, Poland’s political transformation plunged the country... What to do in February
What to do in February What to do in February

Warsaw’s key events at a glance… 

Last Chance!

Locked for nearly half a century behind an Iron Curtain, Poland’s political transformation plunged the country head first into a bewildering world of capitalism, contrast, chaos and color. Marked by its sense of unrestrained adventure, the Museum of Warsaw’s most successful temporary exhibition to date recalls in vivid detail the intrigues and the mayhem of the 1990s. Shot by some of the leading photographers of the era, but supplemented also by random public contributions, the collection’s 1,000 photographs chart varying chapters of the city’s story to offer a textured, warts and all retrospective of the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s amazing! 

What: Gloss, Matte, Color

When: Closes February 19th

Where: Museum of Warsaw (Rynek Starego Miasto 32, muzeumwarszawy.pl)

Full Of Beans

Home to what some say is the most dynamic coffee scene in the Central Eastern Europe, it stands to rights that the Polish capital also boasts the region’s most important coffee fair. Attracting both industry professionals and coffee devotees, this two-day event will bring together dozens of stalls presenting different coffee roasters, hardware brands and coffee related products. As per tradition, it’ll also host the Polish Barista 2023 Championship and the Polish Brewers Cup. 

What: Warsaw Coffee Festival

When: Feb 4th to Feb 5th

Where: PKiN (Pl. Defilad 1, warsawcoffee.pl)

Monika Chlebek

Dog Days

Organized by the Zachęta’s little sister, Monika Chlebek’s Close Up exhibition celebrates the unbreakable bond between man and dog. Sometimes veering into abstract territory, this tender tale of love presents several close-up portraits of animals, giving the viewer the impression of looking deeply into the eyes of four-legged model – through this, we experience the almost mystical connection people have with dogs. So say the curators: “these paintings bring an understanding that we all belong to the primal wildness and world of nature”. 

What: Monika Chlebek: Close Up 

When: ongoing till April 2nd 

Where: Zachęta Project Room (Pl. Gałczyńskiego 3, zacheta.art.pl)

Kim Lee, Photograph by Monika Nyckowska

Life’s A Drag

An icon of Polish queer culture, Andy Nguyen was better-known under the stage name of Kim Lee. A casualty of Covid, for two decades this outstanding artiste became a legendary figure on the drag scene, with this exhibition paying tribute to the legacy built by Nguyen. Among other things, visit to view over stage costumes, personal items and photos shot by award-winning photographer Rafał Milich – not just of Ngyen / Lee, but also Warsaw’s wider Vietnamese community. Long associated with the bars of Wola, the exhibition’s location has been by no means incidental.  

What: Kim Lee: Warsaw’s Queen

When: ongoing from Feb 2nd

Where: Museum of Wola (Srebrna 12, muzeumwarszawy.pl)

What to do in Warsaw in the month of February. Museum Naradowe, Museum of Warsaw, Museum of Warsaw Wola, Coffee Festival in the Palace of Culture and Science
Solstice. Nordic Painting exhibition at MNW. Photograph by Bartosz Bajerski

Nordic Style

Featuring artists from Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Finland, over 100 works of art have been gathered by the National Museum of Art in Warsaw. The title of the exhibition references not just the summer solstice, but also the ‘solstice’ that occurred in Nordic painting at the turn of the 20th century. It was then that the Scandinavian countries saw their art scene blossom, and it is this that comes across in an exhibition that further touches o themes of nature, work, national myths, inner being and metaphysical landscapes. 

What: Solstice. Nordic Painting 1880-1910

When: ongoing till March 10th 

Where: Museum of National Art in Warsaw (Jerzolimskie 3, mnw.art.pl)

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