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Interview #1: Your View on Eastern European Art and buying Art online

For our first Interview we asked a Hungarian art historian living in Turkey and 2 Polish art gallery owners to speak about their view on the labeling of Eastern European Art, the particular attractiveness this art has on collectors and their openness to buying art online. Their own experience with collecting art and their preferences shades a personal light on the practices of Eastern European art professionals.

Agata Smoczynska

Agata Smoczynska is the founder of Le Guern Gallery which has been located in Warsaw since 2004. The gallery has shown exhibitions of many renowned Polish and foreign artists like Zofia Kulik, Jarosław Kozlowski or Pravdoliub Ivanov. In September 2013 Agata Smoczynska – Le Guern organized an exhibition of Polish photography in the Central House of Art in Moscow as an accompanying event to Art Moscow. Le Guern Gallery has published about 12 catalogues, some of them with the cooperation of public institutions.

  • Is there such thing as Eastern European art?

    A.S.. Eastern European art has developed for many years in isolation and under censorship which resulted in a specific character of these works, full of political allusions and sense of humor.

  • Who should collect Eastern European artists?

    A.S.. Everyone who is interested in art which is multilayered, which requires some research to understand it properly not only for its esthetic value.

  • What is your advice for someone who buys art online?

    A.S.. Before buying any piece of art it is necessary to get a general overview of the art scene. Profound reading and knowledge of the art scene together with the personal intuition make together a mixture which will enable the buyer to make the right choice of work.

  • Which is the first artwork you bought?

    A.S.. A painting by Leon Tarasewicz from 2003.

  • Name your personal top 5 artworks.

    A.S.. - Michal Rovner, Fields of Fire, 2004-2005, video installation - Andreas Gursky, Chicago Board of Trade II 1999, photography - Zofia Kulik, The Splendour of Myself I , 1997, photography - Pravdoliub Ivanov, Loaded, 2010, installation - Wlodzimierz Zakrzewski, Memory Gaps, 1975/2006, oil on canvas

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Founder of Le Guern Gallery which has been located in Warsaw since 2004. The gallery has shown exhibitions of many renowned Polish and foreign artists like Zofia Kulik, Jarosław Kozlowski or Pravdoliub Ivanov.
In April 2012 Katarzyna Borucka opened Lookout Gallery in Warsaw, which has become one of the highlights on the Warsaw art scene.

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