A Polish Collector's Passion for Art and Design

POZNAN, POLAND — The reception area of Grazyna Kulczyk’s private office looks a bit bare because many items have already been packed away. But the view is intact: the rooftops of Poznan, a city of brick buildings in west-central Poland. “It…

A Uniform for Change

BELGRADE—On the eve of a new year, many resolutions are made and the year ahead is a blank canvas of hopes, ideas and plans. Some people plan to go on diets while others make the goal to travel more or look for a new job. Serbian-born performance…

Renewing Belgrade's Rich Performance Art History

BELGRADE, Serbia — There wasn’t a wet eye in the house. Two dozen babies, aged between three and 18 months, were transfixed watching two women clad in white rolling around on the floor, performing slow and subtle movements inside a white…
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Warsaw's Leto Gallery Nurtures Young Artists

WARSAW, Poland — As with so many really good and really bad ideas, this one was conceived over a few beers. Marta Kolakowska was sitting one evening in the upstairs office of her Warsaw art gallery, Leto, with two of her artists, Radek Szlaga…

Marina Abramovic is Present(ly) in London

LONDON--Marina Abramovic tells really funny dirty jokes. Maybe it is because the self-proclaimed grandmother of performance art has made a career out of timing, but she tells her jokes—too racy to print—with great delivery and panache. This…

What to CEE at the Venice Biennale

VENICE, ITALY—I was running late. I needed to get to the Kosovo Pavilion to meet with the artist Petrit Halijaj, so I was blowing through room after room in the “Encyclopaedic Palace”, the official curated show at the Venice Biennale.…

Finding New Ways to Connect in Kosovo

PRISTINA, KOSVO--***In June, Kosovo will make its pavilion debut at the Venice Biennale. Petrit Halilaj, a 26-year-old artist whose artistic talent of drawing simultaneously with both hands was first spotted at a refugee camp in Albania,…

Clutching at Their Kafkas

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC***—Jan Mancuska makes terrible coffee. The 38 year-old Prague-based artist has just arrived back from a work trip in Berlin—he splits his time between the two cities—and he’s out of coffee filters. “We can pretend…

Croatia's Creative Collective

ZAGREB, CROATIA — Sabina Sabolovic knew the answer before she asked the question. “Instead of quoting us individually, could you just credit what each of us says as said by WHW?” she asked, sitting outside a cafe in a courtyard in central…

Belgrade's Waiting for Its Moment

BELGRADE, SERBIA-- Ever since the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade closed for renovations in 2008, the chief curator Dejan Sretenovic has been asked when the museum will reopen. Sitting in the museum’s temporary administrative digs…