Architecture and the Image of the Future in the People’s Republic of Poland

Wojewódzka Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa (Regional Hall for Sports Events and Spectacles) in Katowice designed by Maciek Gintowt and Maciej Krasiński (1959-1972) photographed by the author in 2007.

The realm of freedom actually begins only where labour which is determined by necessity and mundane considerations ceases … Karl Marx, Capital[1] What would communism look like? And what would its material form be? Ideologues in Eastern Europe after 1945 spent much time and energy persuading the citizens of the new people’s republics that this … Continue reading

Paradise Lost?

Toby Paterson's 2002 painting of the entrance suburban railway station in Warsaw.

This piece was published in Piktogram in 2005. ♦ The Art of Home In 1956 a member of the British art police set up home. Jim Eade, a former curator at the Tate Gallery, decided to turn his picturesque house, Kettle’s Yard, in the university city of Cambridge into a gallery for the defence of … Continue reading