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Architecture in the museum. A review of Warsaw exhibitions

04 of February '21

After several months of closure, cultural institutions, including galleries and museums - are opening to the public. We check out what Warsaw institutions have in store for architecture lovers.

Eastern Wall. Architecture by Zbigniew Karpinski

Ściana Wschodnia Ściana Wschodnia

photo by Marcin Sieczka

The exhibition, prepared by the National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning, tells the story of the unique in the country urban establishment of the Eastern Wall. The exhibition begins by outlining the profile of the creator and chief designer of the complex - Zbigniew Karpinski, his earlier projects and the professional path he followed. On display are both archival materials, including previously unpublished collections from the family archive, as well as contemporary mock-ups of buildings no longer in use, and photographs. The Eastern Wall is shown in a broad social and cultural context, its daily life and iconic place for Varsovians and Varsovian women. The exhibition includes not only presentations of the architecture, but also excerpts from films, newsreels, original neon signs and their designs, and the history of the last decades of the transformation of this outstanding work.

Venue: ZODIAK - Warsaw Architecture Pavilion
Curator: Kacper Kępiński
Arrangement design: MiastoPracownia

Exhibition open: 05.02 - 09.05.2021,
Friday - Sunday: 12-18

For more information: LINK

Transformations. Landscape of Wola after 1989

Muzeum Woli Muzeum Woli

Warsaw's Wola is the district where all the post-1989 transformation processes concerning the space of Polish cities worked in the most visible way. The exhibition traces these changes starting from the free Americanism of the 1990s, along with its symbol - the illegally erected Czarny Kot Hotel, through successive development plans and the displacement of the area's traditional industry by the Warsaw office district that is being created here. The creators of the exhibition look at the revitalization processes initiated in the area, housing and social infrastructure. The buildings are shown not only from the perspective of their creators, but also from the perspective of urban planners, investors, district authorities and users.

Venue: Wola Museum
Curator: Patrycja Jastrzębska
Arrangement design: Małgorzata Czekajło, Maria Gajewska

Exhibition open: 10.09.2020 - 21.03.2021,
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm,
Friday - Sunday: 10-18

For more information: LINK

Joanna Rajkowska. Rhizopolis

Rhizopolis Rhizopolis

Photo: Monika Stolarska

The exhibition in Zachęta is a kind of set for a futuristic film, based on a script developed by Joanna Rakowska. It tells the story of the collapse of faith in progress, the effects of environmental catastrophe and the Anthropocene, as a space for the collapse not only of the environment, but also of civilization. Rhizopolis is meant to provide an opportunity to relive a scenario of our own survival, including when the world as we know it collapses. The installation is a form of underground city, created under the surface of the forest, built by survivors fleeing the surface of the Earth. It allows one to immerse oneself in a mysterious world shaped by the roots of trees, creating the last possible habitat. The exhibition raises the issue of deep ecology and reflection on the functioning of man in nature, of which he is an integral part. In doing so, the artist refers to scientific knowledge, biology, ecofeminism, but also hidden knowledge and mythology.

Venue: Zachęta National Gallery of Art
Curator: Aneta Szyłak
Arrangement design: Michal Rudnicki

Exhibition open: 01.02 - 21.03.2021,
Monday 8.02: 12 - 8 pm,
Tuesday-Sunday: 12-20

For more information: LINK

Henryk Streng / Marek Wlodarski and Jewish-Polish Modernism

Modernizm polsko-żydowski

Photo: MSN

The presentation at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw emphasizes the work and biography of Polish-Jewish modernist Henryk Streng / Marek Wlodarski. The painter, active in interwar Lviv and postwar Warsaw, is a figure who shatters the coined ways of thinking about art of the period. Streng / Wlodarski created modernism that was original to him, but he also created unorthodox socialist realist works. A Holocaust survivor who witnessed some of the greatest crimes in human history, he drew on his experiences and local culture while remaining true to his Holocaust identity. His work becomes a pretext for telling the story of the most important phenomena in the art of the entire region, starting with World War II.

Venue: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (Pavilion on the Vistula River)
Curator: Piotr Słodkowski
Arrangement design: Studio Robot

Exhibition open: 05.02 - 09.05.2021
Tuesday - Thursday: 12 pm - 7 pm
Friday: 12-20
Saturday: 11 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 11-18

For more information: LINK

Here Muranów

Tu Muranów

photo: Oni Studio

A temporary exhibition "Tu Muranów" awaits visitors at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN , which tells the story of the Warsaw housing estate and the fate of its residents. The exhibition provides a glimpse into the depths of the city - the extraordinary, multi-layered history of Warsaw. Beneath the seemingly familiar layer, it reveals successive dimensions of the past, present and future fate of the city and its residents.

Venue: Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN
Curator: Kamila Radecka-Mikulicz
Arrangement design: Tatemono_exhibitions

Exhibition open: until 22.03.2021
Thursday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10-18

More information: LINK

Interview with the designers of the exhibition: LINK

Kacper Kępiński

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