Last seen in public in 1890, the painting by Józef Chełmoński titled Summer Evening had been missing for 133 years, leaving art historians, museum curators, and private collectors believing it had been lost forever.
Planned to last just three months, with 80,000 visitors descending on an exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka’s works, to meet popular demand the Villa La Fleur just outside Warsaw was forced to keep its doors open for an extra three months.
Operating for 10 years, the Polonia Wax Museum in Krakow receives more than 10,000 visitors every month taking selfies alongside waxwork equivalents of the rich and famous.
Whilst an onsite museum already exists, the one that is planned envisions the birth of an institution that will become one of the most valued thematical exhibitions in Poland.
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’.
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.