The exhibition "Z DZIEJOW POLEK" / "FROM THE HISTORY OF POLISH WOMEN" focuses on sixty female inhabitants of our country whose lives and achievements loom large in Poland's history and in our collective memory.
The exhibition Z DZIEJOW POLEK / FROM THE HISTORY OF POLISH WOMEN focuses on sixty female inhabitants of our country whose lives and achievements loom large in Poland's history and in our collective memory. The group includes queens, scientists, poets, writers, actresses, singers, painters, sculptors, journalists, and travelers; the assembly of exceptional Polish women opens with Saint Kinga (1234-1292) and closes with Wanda Rutkiewicz (1943-1992). A range of often extraordinary paintings, sculptures, photographs, and personal items provide some insight into the often incredible and surprising actions and adventures of these women.
|Saint Kinga||Irena Kaniewska||Ada Sari|
Janusz Pulnar, author of the concept for the exhibition, writes:
"'From the History of Polish Women,' an exhibition organized by the Theatre Museum in Warsaw and the Jacek Malczewski Museum in Radom, presents a number of women who significantly influenced history through their achievements. Not all of our heroines are broadly known; however, all of them certainly deserve to be remembered. Each one is a memorable character, having lived a rich and colorful life. Some achieved their goals through quiet, ant-like efforts, as was the case with Marie Curie or Irena Kaniewska, while others like Pola Negri or Gabriela Zapolska fought hard for fame, often achieving their personal victories against significant odds. Their drive towards the top is worthy of admiration. Some passed away prematurely, having only begun their life's work, yet having accomplished enough to make a permanent place for themselves in our minds. Perhaps, in looking at their portraits and the souvenirs they left behind, we will be able to set our imagination in motion and travel in our minds to their times, delve into their lives, the issues that consumed them, the moments of joy and sadness they experienced. The exhibition consists of tangible evidence of their existence. By interacting with the objects that belonged to these women, we touch their lives. Even items as small as pieces of jewelry, pens, or handheld fans provide us with an opportunity to exist for a moment in the presence of their owners. This is a fascinating voyage, a stroll through the centuries and through the lives of many Polish women. Many of the featured individuals were unusually beautiful, charming, stunning, capable of commanding respect and inspiring love. There were also those among them who lived modestly, without excessive hubbub, but who stubbornly weaved their destinies into a whole and achieved great things. Others, powerful and dominating, proved capable of subordinating many people to their will. What we have here is a review of events and eras - this is, in fact, a history of Poland as seen through the achievements of numerous women. The list of these individuals is long. Sixty fascinating personalities, sixty different and distinct individualities. It is impossible to make any comparisons between them. Our evaluation of a queen necessarily differs from that of an actress, a scientist, an athlete. These women had something in common - an insurmountable willingness to fight, tenacity, and the drive to achieve something that would remain after they were gone. Many lived in times when women striving to achieve anything faced special difficulties. Often they had to overcome stereotypes that applied universally to their gender. Thus, they often fought like men, not only in battle, like Joanna Zubrowa or Teofila Chmielnicka, but also for the right to study and learn, to improve their lot, for the right to demonstrate their talents or finally, for the right to appear in spotlights. Many of these battles proved far from futile. In learning about their lives, one might conclude that valor is a female characteristic."
Exhibition opening: January 19, 2004, at 5 p.m.Theatre Museum in Warsaw
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