The new museum at the site of the former Plaszow concentration camp which became immortalized in the film Schindler’s List will not just commemorate those that perished but will also dedicate itself to publicising the testimonies of the many that survived.
The museum, due to open by the end of 2023, will feature a permanent exhibition on how the Germans stole an estimated USD 30 billion of Polish cultural goods.
With a proposed opening date of 2026, the museum is intended to keep alive memories and mementos from the Uprising, amid concern that fewer and fewer people have knowledge of the event.
Poland's museums are experiencing a post-pandemic boom in popularity, with visitor numbers predicted to equal 2019's 40 million record, the Polish culture minister said on Tuesday.
Founded in 1870, the Polish Museum based in Rapperswil castle overlooking lake Zurich in Switzerland, had come under threat following petitions from locals who wanted to reclaim the castle for ‘other purposes’.
Set in beautiful forest surroundings in Konstancin near Warsaw, the villa is home to the country’s most important private art collection and perhaps the largest collection of paintings in private hands worldwide by artists from the famous Paris School.
During the course of inventorying and digitizing its entire collection, staff at the Haus der Natur in Salzberg came across numerous piece of ‘dubious origin’, including the objects now returned to Poland.
With the obvious parallels of Nazi and Soviet looting of Polish culture and art in World War Two, leading Polish museums have now joined together to set up the Committee for Assistance to Museums of Ukraine. Almost 20 institutions from all over Poland have already joined the project.
Appealing to the public to send in both stories and toys, the Nowa Huta Museum has already been flooded with donations for an exhibition that will explore the wonders of childhood.
In this edition of The Debrief, we talk to Dr Agnieszka Olszewska from the Museum of Photography in Kraków about the institution’s upcoming birthday and plans for the future.