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23. Fotofestiwal’s birthday in Book Art Museum: Ikarvs live, Mentalcut, Basy Tropikalne

23. Fotofestiwal’s birthday in Book Art Museum: Ikarvs live, Mentalcut, Basy Tropikalne

DATE
15.06
HOUR
21:00
PLACE
Muzeum Książki Artystycznej, Tymienieckiego 24

After a short break, we return to our favorite location for Saturday sprees, the unique gardens of the Art Book Museum. 

Entry with Fotofestiwal fullpass/ticket or 20 PLN.

IKARVS LIVE

Imagine: Grimes has made herself two beautiful twins with Maanam’s Kora – these children are IKARVS. Although the duo has been on the scene for a short time, they have already managed to appear at major festivals in Poland (Audioriver, Wisloujście, Summer Contrast, NEXT Festival), as well as abroad (Fusion Festival). In a short period of time, they have won the affection of hundreds of thousands of listeners, amassing more than 10,000 users on their profile on Instagram, while on TikTok – 15,000. Their most popular song, titled “Acacia”. “Acacia” already has nearly one million listens on Spotify. IKARVS is a journey through different genres of electronica – euphoric trance becomes pulsating disco, in a moment it turns into psychedelic ambient under the sign of the band Moon, to hit by surprise with a deconstructed bass beat like Arca. The duo uses vocals in a unique way. You’ll find Caroline Polachek-style upbeat refrains, as well as choral vocalizations shrouded in a fog of folk, or trance-like, cut-up vocal loops. No matter how, IKARVS will do its best to bring hypnosis and ecstasy to the audience. To this end, they attract not only with sounds, but also with sensual dance and costumes, hand-crafted by themselves. On stage, the duo transforms into sensual characters taken out of a cyberpunk fantasy or queer fashion show. As if that weren’t enough, their cat has gained global fame on TikTok, meowing in rhythm to their songs… All this makes it hard to resist the charm cast by the two androgynous beings who make up IKARVS – Aleksandra and Przemek. / Spotify

 

BASY TROPIKALNE

Founded in 2015, Tropical Basses is an initiative that promotes contemporary electronic music from Latin American countries, Africa and their diasporas. Initially functioning as a radio show (currently broadcast on Warsaw’s Radio Kampus), it later also evolved into an online music label, event series and booking agency. Events under the Tropical Bass banner have already taken place in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk or Poznan, and the founder of the whole venture, Mikolaj Kierski (also known from Radio New World), has also had the opportunity to play abroad, including Berlin and Brussels. / Soundcloud

 

MENTALCUT

DJ, producer and songwriter, co-founder of the Lua Preta project, with which he has performed in more than a dozen countries in Europe, as well as several times in the US. A fan of new sounds from Africa and South America. Author of remixes that have gained popularity on international dance floors and have been repeatedly featured on BBC, Rinse and NTS Radio. / Spotify

 

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Book Art Museum, Tymienieckiego 24

DID YOU KNOW that the villa used to belong to Henryk Grohman, a great fan of art?

The Book Art Museum was created in 1993 by Jadwiga and Janusz Tryzno. Since 2023, it has been under the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, which has agreed to provide the Museum with a legal title to its current premises for a period of 10 years, and also ensured financial subsidies for the necessary renovation of the historic building and the surrounding park, as well as funds for staffing and operations. 

The Museum is located in the villa of Henryk Grohman, son of Ludwik, one of the most powerful factory owners in Łódź, who developed the company after his father’s death. Henryk Grohman was a great patron of the arts. He owned a rich collection of paintings and graphics, and held many concerts. Ignacy Paderewski was among the musicians performing there. Witkacy also visited the place from time to time.
At the beginning of the Second World War, Henryk Grohman deposited a Stradivarius violin, commonly known as a “Lauterbach”, in the National Museum. Today, the instrument is worth around $10 million. After the war, the Germans took the violin away. In 2022, an anonymous owner came forward to the National Museum, claiming to possess the instrument. Investigations and attempts to find the rightful owner are currently underway. Who knows, maybe the violin will get back to Łódź?

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