Art and Culture
Already before the war, the artistic marriage of Katarzyna Kobro and Wałdysław Strzemiński had founded the “a.r.” (Artyści Rewolucyjni, in English Revolutionary Artists) group in Lodz, which collected the works of modern art – misunderstood and definitely ahead of their time. Their collection gave rise to the Museum of Art, second after the New York museum, museum of contemporary art.
The culture and art of Lodz are undeniably more than painting and sculpture. It’s the Lodz Ballet Meetings which have been taking place for nearly half a century, International Festival of Pleasant and Unpleasant Plays, and a number of other festivals dedicated to the art of cinematography or to theatre; and finally, poets and writers of Lodz who have made the city immortal in their literature – Julian Tuwim and “Polish Flowers” and Wałdysław Reymont and “The Promised Land”; it’s the Gala Show of the Academy of Art which promotes young designers; and Studio Theater where the students of the Film School hone their acting skills. It’s also a dozen other theaters whose repertoire often refers to the contemporary culture of Lodz.
Next to Warsaw, Lodz is the most important center of Polish cinematography. For many years, prominent filmmakers have been getting their training here and Lodz often becomes the set of many movies. In the place of the former Feature Films Studio we can find Opus Film, a significant and multiple award winning film producer and Toya Studios – one of the biggest and most advanced sound studios in Europe.