List of exhibitions

Young Poland. Afterimages of History


The exhibition Young Poland. Afterimages of History, by the curators Sarmen Beglarian and Sylwia Szymaniak, in the production of the Polish Modern Art Foundation, is opened on October 13 at the Museum of Yugoslav History (the object May 25 Museum).
The exhibition is opened until November 20th, 2016.  Young Poland. Afterimages of History present ten works of contemporary artists: six video works, an installation in space, an installation in 3D print technique, a photo installation (photos, posters and postcards) and oil on canvas. The authors of these works are: Anna Baumgart, Agnieszka Kurant, Justyna Chmielewska, Alex Czetwertynski, Norbert Delman, Małgorzata Goliszewska, Maja Gordon, Dominik Jałowiński, Agnieszka Polska, Piotr Wysocki and Rafał Żarski.

The collective exhibition is the voice of the artists who consciously represent, analyze and critically interpret Polish reality. This exhibition is an attempt to analyze and address the issues interesting to the young generation, which must come to grips with the history and changes, and find its place in the collective identity of the country, as well as the world. Along with the development of capitalism, the feeling of permanent insecurity also grows. Thanks to the deflection towards history and the absence of complexes characteristic of the Poles in the post-communist period, the young generation revises the past and tries to re-introduce itself to the history and actively participate in the construction of identity. In doing so, it encounters the problems faced by young people throughout the world, which are the result of globalization, commercialization and the crisis of the system of values.

The curators think that the interpretation of reality we inhabit in the current moment demands historical thinking and understanding of the passing present as the past. It requires us to be sensitive to that dimension of reality so that the personal experience of history, which is happening now, could become a permanent platform of relations towards the past and towards the future. The history entails oscillatory cultural movements that cause a hereditary mass of impressions, while the historical symbols are often more attractive as objects of popular culture than as elements of tradition and historical facts. The tradition of thinking about history teaches us to feel the time we live in as “special”, as a rule. Insight into the present becomes possible thanks to the short-term images of reality that last for a while and stay in our minds, although they already belong to history.


Cultural and historical context

Twenty-seven years after the fall of the “Iron Curtain”, the Poles still ask themselves about their own identity. Only after 1989, for the first time in fifty years, it was possible to talk about Poland publicly and without censorship. Even today, the question remains the same – what is Poland and who are the Poles?

1990s and the beginning of the 21st century were characterized by the attempt to re-process the years of communism and war trauma. In the last ten years, there is a noticeable turn towards new themes, which have not existed, so to speak, in the public discourse until now. Numerous books, films, the opening of the Museum of Polish Jews POLIN, sparked a lively discussion about the relationship of Poles toward Jews and Jewish heritage in Poland. Polish multiculturalism, almost completely destroyed during the Second World War and the era of the communist Polish People’s Republic, is slowly beginning to attract attention. There is also a growing awareness of the fact that Poland was not a homogeneous country, but a place inhabited by different nations and religions. In the 21st century, the Polish society was faced with the task of settling the score with history, heritage and the myth of the Second Polish Republic (1918–1945). Significant changes also occured in relationship with the church and faith. One part of citizens is deeply upset about the growing secularization, while others see it as a chance to build a society based on true democratic principles.

The Origins: The Background for Understanding the Museum of Yugoslavia

Creation of a European type of museum was affected by a number of practices and concepts of collecting, storing and usage of items.

New Mappings of Europe

Laboratory of the Museum of Yugoslavia

Second stage of the work on the permanent display

The Continued Renewal and Summer Scheme