From Tuesday, May 4, museums, art galleries and cultural institutions may operate under the sanitary regime. Which branches will be open in Warsaw and from when?
According to the new regulations presented by the government, there will be 15 square meters of space per one visitor in confined spaces. The obligation to cover the mouth and nose is also maintained.
What at the Royal Castle and the Museum of Warsaw?
Among the establishments waiting for visitors from Tuesday is the Royal Castle in Warsaw. In addition to the permanent tour, four temporary exhibitions await visitors, including the exhibition “Polish elites and the fall of the Republic of Poland. 230th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of May 3” prepared on the occasion of the anniversary of the Constitution of May 3.
Kordegarda – the gallery of the National Cultural Center will also be reopened for visitors. Until May 16, you will be able to see the exhibition “Presence. Magdalena Gross / Gela Seksztajn”. The Royal Łazienki will also be waiting for guests, sightseeing until May 9 – incl. The Palace on the Island (ground floor), the Old Orangery, the Myślewicki Palace, the White House with the temporary exhibition “Beautiful Items. Purchases 2020” – will be free of charge.
The Museum of Warsaw opens to the public on Thursday, May 6 at 11. According to Ślusareńka, the headquarters in the Old Town Square will be open from Thursday to Sunday from 11.00 to 20.00.
The new temporary exhibition “Animals in Warsaw. On the trail of relations” will be made available on May 12 at the headquarters in the Old Town Square. – “The exhibition ‘Animals in Warsaw. On the trail of relations’ is an attempt to look at the capital from a non-obvious, zoocentric perspective. Based on testimonies from various eras, it shows how our attitude towards animals has changed. Its aim is to speak out in defense of urban nature and change the way we see it. thinking about animals as inhabitants of Warsaw “- we read in the description.
Free in Łazienki Królewskie
From May 4, Łazienki Królewskie opens to visitors. The visit is free until May 9, the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw informed.
“We invite you to visit: the Palace on the Island (ground floor), the Old Orangery, the Myślewicki Palace, the White House with the temporary exhibition ‘Beautiful Items. Purchases 2020.’, the temporary exhibition ‘Symbols of Baltic Freedom’ in the Cadet School, the Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship, as well as a shop museum in Podchorążówka “- encourages the museum.
The facilities in Łazienki Królewskie will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am-4pm and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10-18. The museum reminds that it is organizing an online celebration on the 230th anniversary of the Constitution of May 3. The events include museum lessons, a lecture, a seminar and a workshop.
The facility also invites you to participate in educational activities, incl. “Ink Stories” workshop, which will take place on May 9. During them, he announces, “you will be able to move to the world of old calligraphers and royal secretaries.” “Participants will learn how the Constitution of May 3 was created 230 years ago, and will see how to put letters, such as in documents from the end of the 18th century. Each workshop participant will receive a package with materials necessary to start their adventure with calligraphy The set will include a sharpened goose pen, nib, ink and special paper “- explains the museum.
Students in grades 4-6 are invited to a museum lesson on the Constitution of May 3. “By comparing the text of the Government Act and the contemporary Polish constitution, we will try to answer questions about the political and social situation in the Republic of Poland in the 18th century” – explains the institution.
The museum also informs that a copy of the Constitution of May 3 of 1791, borrowed from the Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw, will be shown at the temporary exhibition at the Palace on the Isle. “The basic law can be viewed until May 13, during the opening hours of the facilities” – he emphasizes.
Exhibitions at the POLIN museum
The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is also preparing to reopen, which will take place on May 5, said Żaneta Czyżniewska, senior media specialist.
“From next Wednesday, from 10 am, the visitors will see the permanent exhibition ‘1000 years of the history of Polish Jews’, the gallery ‘Dziedzictwo’ and the installation ‘Other Ghettos’ devoted to ghettos in various cities of occupied Poland” – we read in the information As explained by Czyżniewska, the Museum also plans to open a new exhibition of works by Wilhelm Sasnal in June.
“The POLIN Museum staff works intensively to ensure that all those who come here can visit the museum in a comfortable and safe way in accordance with the sanitary regime in force. The POLIN Museum invariably offers a permanent exhibition ‘1000 years of the history of Polish Jews’ and a journey from the Middle Ages to the present day with stories about kings , inventors, thinkers and industrialists “- it was written in the news. As he added, “there is also a lot about love, friendship, sacrifice and struggle, but also about Jewish holidays, customs, religion and culture.”
The museum’s plans for the summer
It was noted that “the ‘Dziedzictwo’ gallery is a special place – the continuation of the permanent exhibition”. “It is a space devoted to the achievements of Polish Jews. The museum resembles people whose achievements have become the heritage of successive generations and us today. The museum presents their extraordinary biographies, which reflect many turbulent historical events” – we read in the information sent.
It was noted that you can find here, among others “a story about the actress and director Ida Kamińska, film producer Samuel Goldwyn, industrialist and philanthropist Leopold Kronenberg, educator Janusz Korczak, physicist and peace activist Józef Rotblat, and the creator of Esperanto Ludwik Zamenhofie”. It was recalled that “there are also online meetings in the ‘Meet the Family’ series, that is, in a series of conversations with the descendants of prominent Polish Jews.” The meetings were prepared and hosted by the main curator of the POLIN Museum core exhibition, prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. They will be held on Sundays at 20 on the Friends of POLIN channel on Facebook.
“The closest, on May 9, is an interview with the artist Mira Schor and a story about her father, Ilya Schor, a recognized and versatile artist, painter, book illustrator, who also deals with metalwork, creating jewelery related to the Judaic rite and unique jewelry in silver and gold, forerunner of ‘Jewish style in American art’, it was announced.
It was recalled that “in the museum gallery” Holocaust “there is also an installation” Other Ghettos “, which presents the fate of Jewish residents of several Polish cities who were isolated in ghettos during World War II.” “The most famous is the ghetto in Warsaw, but the Germans created closed areas for the Jewish minority also in Lviv, Łódź, Przemyśl, Radom, Rzeszów and Tarnów. Visitors will see personal mementos documenting the lives of people locked up in several of the 600 ghettos” – it was written.
It was announced that from June 17, POLIN Museum will also host a temporary exhibition entitled “Wilhelm Sasnal: Such a landscape”. As explained, “it will contain paintings and drawings that describe a familiar, though somewhat distant, landscape and familiar characters”. The exhibition is curated by Adam Szymczyk. “In the coming weeks, the POLIN Museum has yet another edition of the ‘Meadow of Leśmiana’, a cultural and educational program for the summer. It will include open-air literary and author meetings, concerts, yoga and city walks” – it was written. The museum is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10-18, and on Saturdays from 10-20. Admission to the exhibitions is free on Thursdays. The museum is closed to visitors on Tuesdays.
Zachęta with new exhibitions
On May 4, the Zachęta-National Gallery of Art resumes. “We’re ready. We’re counting down the days until the reopening and more meetings with our audience. See you on May 4!” – previously announced Olga Gawerska, spokesman for Zachęta.
Another show of works from the “Live magazines” series is presented in the headquarters. This time the topic is didactics. The “Living Magazines: Didactics” project, prepared by a group of guides and educators, visually refers to teaching aids that are part of the aesthetics of school classes. These, in turn, are reflected in the works of such artists as Zbigniew Dłubak, Dorota Podlaska, Leszek Rózga, Andrzej Tobis and the Twożywo group.
Artists treat this topic in their works on the one hand traditionally, on the other hand with distance and irony. “The exhibition is also based on a certain nostalgia – because memories and emotions necessarily condition our thinking about school and didactics” – explained Gawerska.
On May 4, the Zachęta Project Room also returns to the headquarters at ul. Gałczyńskiego 3. Bartosz Mucha, a designer working on the border of design, architecture and visual arts, documents the year of his work during the pandemic. “Rożnowskie. Asylum in Tabaszowa” is a story of self-construction of a house and a radical change of artistic and design strategy – now based on getting closer to nature and turning to craftsmanship.
The exhibition “Sculpture in Search of a Place” is currently being dismantled at Zachęta, but Joanna Rajkowska’s individual exhibition “Rhizopolis” and an unusual underground forest will remain at the Gallery until August 8th. Zachęta is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12.00 to 20.00, in accordance with the applicable rules of the sanitary regime and limited admission.
Loosening the restrictions
As the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sports reminds us, this restriction does not apply to collections displayed outdoors and in forests, gardens and historic parks belonging to cultural institutions. In such open spaces, there is no requirement to cover the mouth and nose, provided that social distance is maintained.
Decisions on the date and scope of the opening of a cultural institution are made by its director, depending on the possibility of ensuring sanitary safety.
Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Health Minister Adam Niedzielski presented a plan to defrost the economy and the easing of restrictions in May. As they announced, from May 4, not only cultural institutions, but also galleries, DIY stores, and furniture stores return to activity in the sanitary regime and with a limited number of people (limit of 1 person per 15 square meters). In addition, children from grades 1-3 of primary schools return to school in a full-time mode.
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