From 6th December 2017 till 18th March 2018
The Microcosm of Things: Public and Private Lives of Collections
The history of the Museum of Warsaw can be told through the stories of individual things: ones that began as everyday objects in private homes, and ended up in museum exhibit.
From a private collection to a common good
Thanks to the efforts of Warsaw history enthusiasts, items that were once stowed away in trunks and dressers have reemerged in a new role: objects in a museum collection, on display to the general public. The character of private collections was shaped by the tastes of their owners.
Once these objects entered the public space that is the museum, they became a common good. They are presented at exhibitions. They are an important resource for educators and scholars of Warsaw history.
The post-war launch of the Museum of Warsaw took place in 1955, after the reconstruction of the former residential building designated to house the intitution was complete.
Preparing objects for public viewing
The exhibition illustrates the day-to-day work of museologists and the process of preparing objects for public viewing after they have been retrieved from storage. On display are objects from various centuries, and the exhibition itself is the product of the interplay between the processes of hiding and revealing, storing and exhibiting. Visitors can follow the objects as they proceed through the process of becoming part of a museum collection: inventorying, storage, research, and conservation.
Accompanying the exhibition is an overview of the history of the collection and the three stages of the museum’s history: its beginnings as a project initiated by a circle of enthusiasts (1936), through the post-war modernist exhibition devoted to the city’s seven-hundred-year history (1955), to the museum’s new concept of themed sections, which took shape following the thorough renovation of the building in the years 2010–2017.
Kurator / Curator
współpraca: dr Magdalena Wróblewska
konsultacje merytoryczne: Barbara Hensel-Moszczyńska
Architektura wystawy / Exhibition design
Pracownia Macieja Siudy: Kuba Andrzejewski, Tomasz Czuban, Maciej Polakowski, Maciej Siuda
Prace artystyczne / Artworks
Produkcja / Production
Barbara Domaradzka, Katarzyna Grinberg, Kamila
Hołubowicz, Julia Kern-Protassewicz, Urszula Kozikowska,
Klementyna Świeżewska, Jakub Telec
Identyfikacja wizualna wystawy / Visual identification of the exhibition
Opieka redaktorska / Editing
Katarzyna Sobolewska, Urszula Drabińska
Tłumaczenie / Translation
Arthur Barys, Jan Szelagiewicz
Realizacja / Realization
Ksenia Góreczna, Marek Góreczny, Ewa Lenczewska, Marek Lisik, Krzysztof Świerczewski, Michał Tański
Współpraca: Szymon Ignatowicz, Jan Jurkiewicz, Anna Kudzia, Paweł Sobczak, Marcin Szubiak
Wykonawca / Execution