The Empty Frames campaign that aims to remind people about Polish works of art and culture stolen during World War II by both the German and Soviet occupiers, will see, among other things, special plaques providing information about Polish war losses in culture placed in 12 cities across Poland.
United by the slogan ‘Honour and Glory to the Heroes’ the series is divided into two types of posters - one depicting colourised photos showing scenes from 78 years ago, while the second group are portraits of living insurgents holding their own wartime photographs.
Released tomorrow (May 24), What the Ermine Saw: The Extraordinary Journey of Leonardo da Vinci’s Most Mysterious Portrait by Eden Collinsworth reveals the astonishing history behind one of Poland’s most beloved national treasures and a painting that many rank as better that even Da Vinci’s best-know work the Mona Lisa.
Thought to contain WWII secrets including traitors, the archive believed to be inside the Bond-like underworld complex has been described as ‘an invaluable source of information about the dark times of the WWII occupation.’
Baedeker’s sinister travel guide has been described as “one of the most extraordinary documents in the history of both travel literature and WWII”.
The watercolour painting ‘Montmartre Cemetery in Paris’ by Julian Fałat from 1893, one of over 63,000 WWII artworks listed as missing, was found hiding in plain sight in the collection of the gallery’s sister institution, the National Museum in Warsaw.