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.
The winners of the Best Tourism Product 2021 competition were selected from a total of 72 entries: 49 entries in the main competition, 9 entries for the Gold Certificate and 14 in the Special Certificate categories.
In this episode of The Debrief, we are in the newly opened Sybir Memorial Museum in the city of Białystok, which aims to highlight centuries of Russian and Soviet deportations to Siberia.
The building in the centre of Augustów in north-east Poland was used by the NKVD and the Communist secret police to hold and interrogate victims of the 1945 Augustów Roundups, known as the little Katyń.
Opened in 1994 as the first gallery in Poland and Europe to exclusively display art made under the Communist regime, a permanent display features around 300 paintings, sculptures, propaganda posters and sketches while its total depository includes around 2,600 works.