Polish masterpieces fare poorly on Warsaw backstreets
PR dla Zagranicy
A bid to inject high culture into some of Warsaw's more down-at-heel backstreets has had mixed results, with prints of oil paintings from the National Museum apparently vandalised by locals.
A detail from Jacek Malczewski's 'Polish Hamlet' in Warsaw's Praga district. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
French artist Julien de Casabianca specialises in attempting to rejuvenate deprived districts of large cities.
Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
On 14 March, he set up a series of photographic prints on streets in Warsaw's Praga district.
The prints included details from paintings by such masters as Jacek Malczewski, Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowiczowa and Aleksander Gierymski.
Nevertheless, local portal wawalove.pl noted that within two days, most of the paintings had been vandalised.
In spite of the damage, the paintings still make a strong impression.
De Casabianca has taken part in similar projects in New York, Barcelona and Paris.
Click here to see how the pictures looked prior to being damaged. (nh)