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NIEDENTHAL CHOPIN - From Martial Law to Fryderyk Chopin - Book Launch at the 101 Project Gallery of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

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On the closing evening of the Chopin i Jego Europa Festival  I noticed a melee in the foyer of the Filharmonia. Who did I see but the famous Polish photographer Chris Niedenthal signing copies of his 'fresh off the press' book NIEDENTHAL CHOPIN - The 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition. He had been contracted by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute to cover the 2015 competition in photographs. 
This exciting moment was followed a couple of weeks later (September 8th) by the official book launch (cocktails, vodka, snacks) at the strikingly attractive, industrially deconstructed 101 Project Gallery of Modern Art in Central Warsaw - at 4 Nowogrodzka Street. There was also a recital of Chopin by the talented young pianists Krzysztof Markiewicz and Katarzyna Mróz. 
Appropriately for a Niedenthal event the police were present initially with agitated and tense expressions - they soon relaxed and disappeared after realizing it was merely an innocent &#…