French museum's assistant director awarded Polish Culture decoration

The distinction was presented by the Polish Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, who said that the idea of presenting Polish masterpieces of the 19th and early 20th century was first conceived by museum staff in 2016. Mateusz Marek/PAP

Assistant Director of the French Louvre-Lens Museum, and joint curator on the museum's current exhibition on Polish painting from 1840-1914, Luc Piralla-Heng Vonga on Friday received the Decoration of Honour Meritorious for Polish Culture in the French town of Lens.

The exhibition entitled Poland 1840-1914: Portraying the Spirit of the Nation, came together thanks to a collaboration between the Louvre-Lens Museum, the Polish National Museum in Warsaw, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the French museum's Assistant Director Luc Piralla-Heng Vonga. The exhibition brings together the most famous Polish paintings of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The distinction was presented by the Polish Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, who said that the idea of presenting Polish masterpieces of the 19th and early 20th century was first conceived by museum staff in 2016.

Gliński added that "culture and art carries the nation. The exhibition in Lens is the creme de la creme of Polish art and it carries the Polish spirit," adding that the paintings were adequately collected as they show the spirit of the nation which disappeared from maps during 123 years of Poland's partitions.

The exhibition has so-far been visited by around 40,000 people.