This weekend signals one of Wrocław’s stranger anniversaries - the construction in 1948 of a 106-metre tall spire which was promoted as a victory of Polish technology and a symbol of Polish Wrocław. But then it was hit by lightning…
Opened on 19 November, 1901, the Hotel Bristol has become a place where modernity and heritage meet. TFN’s Alex Webber looks back at its glitzy history.
Originally intended as just a three-day visit, the Spanish artist instead embarked upon a mini tour of the country lasting two weeks.
Finding Wrocław listed on TripAdvisor as an Emerging Destinations, Webber says the inclusion of one of his favourite city’s in Poland is ludicrous. “Under-the-radar? Only if you’ve spent the last two decades in a Kentucky jail,” he scoffs.
The book Carmen, by Prosper Mérimée, which includes sketches signed by Picasso was gifted to his friend Stanisław Dawski, also a renowned artist.
During a visit to Warsaw in 1948, Picasso famously drew a mermaid – the symbol of Warsaw - on the wall of an apartment. A few years later, the owner got rid of it and the drawing was feared lost forever. Until now…
From Friday, the Museum on the Vistula in Warsaw will be showing an exhibition entitled 'Never again. Art against war and Fascism in the 20th and 21st centuries,' themed around Pablo Picasso's 'Guernica.'
The National Museum of Warsaw currently holds Poland’s largest collection of Picasso’s works, among them 20 ceramic plates of which 10 have gone on show.
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.
Pablo Picasso, famous Spanish painter, during his stay in Poland in 1948, donated as a gift to The National Museum in Warsaw, some of his recently made ceramics.