Behind a series of heavily secured doors lies a dusty, 15-square-metre room holding over 1,300 devils. Most are carved from wood but others are sculpted from coal, cast from metal and even put together from old railway engine parts. The curious museum is not an anachronistic joke, though. It offers a fascinating and unique look at how the devil has been portrayed in Polish folk culture over the centuries.
After experiencing some dark days after the end of communism, neon is bouncing back and a Polish-British couple are the forefront of its return.
Talking to TFN in August last year, museum owner Grażyna Kulczyk said: “Artists, movements and ideas that to date have been marginalised or left outside of the canon will move centre stage and be given new opportunities to be heard. In particular, though not exclusively, female artists will be offered new contexts and positions.”
Over 2.15 million people visited the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, in southern Poland in 2018, the Auschwitz Museum wrote on its website on Friday. This is almost 50,000 more visitors than in 2017.
Fears about the gentrification of the Praga district mount as one of the area’s unique attractions packs its bags and heads across the river.
From dancing dolls to ancient rat traps, the museum in the east has something for everybody.
In preparation for the exhibition which explores “fulfilled and unfulfilled dreams of modernisation”, the organisers drew on residents’ memories of the area, as well as their parents’ and grandparents’, during and after WWII.
Held at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland’s first Kosher Expo set out to dispel myths about kosher food and to inform the food industry about the certification process and promoting their products abroad.
The exhibition of works by Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński, co-organized by the Museum of Art in Łódź and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, was opened at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
One of the Polish capital’s unique institutions, the museum is home to art that defied the communist censors.