Huge 'Heritage' exhibition to open in Poland
PR dla Zagranicy
Some 650 objects of key importance to Poland’s cultural identity will be on show at the National Museum in Kraków’s “Dziedzictwo” (Heritage) exhibition, which opens on Thursday.
The King Bolesław Coin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
Poland’s president and first lady, as well as government officials, will attend the launch of what has been lauded one of the largest museum exhibitions in Polish history.
“We will show antiques, exhibits which have never … been seen in Kraków,” said Andrzej Szczerski, an art history professor who is both the exhibition’s curator and the museum’s deputy director.
“They are the greatest and most superb collections of our museum,” Szczerski added.
The oldest item on show is a coin from King Bolesław I the Brave’s era, who was Poland’s first monarch. He was Duke of Poland from 992 until April 1025, when he was crowned. He served as king until his death two months later. The coin is the earliest known record of the use of the name “Poland”.
The exhibition will also include modern art which Szczerski said shows contemporary Polish artists are inspired by and interpret their heritage.
Szczerski has been planning the exhibition since 2015.
“I want visitors leaving the exhibition to be optimistic about Poland’s rich heritage, to see that they are the heirs of a wonderful past, a great culture,” Szczerski said.
The exhibition runs until 7 January. (vb/pk)