Publisher: Fundacja Centrum Architektury
Size: 24 x 30 cm (approx.)
Hardcover, cloth bound, signed. Edition of 400 (+30), only 150 for sale. Photographs and Concept by Jacek Fota, photo edition by Mark Power/ Magnum Photos, design by Ania Nałęcka / Tapir Book Design, introduction by Agnieszka Rasmus-Zgorzelska, interviews by Milena Rachid Chehab, translation by Zosia Sochańska.
"PKiN for Pałac Pałac i Nauki, the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, 231 meters hight, more than 120 000 square meters, 3288 rooms. Built between 1952 and 1955, designed by Russian architect Lev Rudnev, the building has been entirely funded by the Soviet Union as a gift from Stalin to the friendly country (his name was originally associated to the name of the building and has been removed during the destalinization period). It remains the highest building of Poland.
We get lost in this maze of corridors and rooms and we start to be afraid to not find our way back amongst the more than 3000 pieces. The photos are beautiful and perfectly served by a sober and elegant layout, alternating double pages and preserving breaths like when, at a crossing, you wonder which direction you will choose. The style of the photographs shows all along the predominance of the place. The few portraits that punctuate the visit are still distanced, with a game of scale that confronts the characters to their smallness facing the imposing building. Whatever their roles are, these « inhabitants » are still disproportionately dominated by the architecture. Through the pages, we also discover strange associations : an artificial palm tree that seems cramped in a technical room, strange animals facing satellite dishes on the opposite page. We sometimes have the impression of traveling through time and returning 60 years back." (Christer Ek)