Why do we need a cultural heritage? It becomes more and more considered to be a strategical resource in the 21st century. Cities develop various heritage projects like investments, festivals and exhibitions, creating their value, attracting new inhabitants, investors and tourists. Heritage supports identity and integration of local communities, it can also enhance people’s general satisfaction. The existence of the heritage however is not granted, which has been proved by the second world war. Occupants, denying Polish right for own cultural live, have caused the largest in history losses of the Polish culture. What was preserved, became a particular value.
Curators of the Lost heritage exhibition show processes of destroying the cultural heritage by occupants. They also remind the efforts to save it, a process that has never ended, as personalities such as Karol Estreicher, Stanisław Lorentz still inspire the attention and concern about a common legacy. The exhibition is a big question about the influence of the “second Apocalypse”, as the WWII has been described by a Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert, on the condition of Polish heritage today, 30 years after the fall of communism.
Curators: Marta Baranowska, Izabela Boguszewska, Bartłomiej Garba, dr Dmitriy Panto, Marek Zambrzycki
Academic consultant: prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Berendt, dr Karol Nawrocki, dr hab. Wojciech Turek
Exhibition design: Grupa GDYBY
Visual identity project and graphic design: Jan Rosiek
Project manager: Marek Zambrzycki
Honourable patronage: Jarosław Sellin – Secretary of State at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Patronage: ArsForum, Arteon, Polski Komitet Błękitnej Tarczy, Renowacje i Zabytki, Spotkania z Zabytkami, Grupa Energa
The project is carried out as part of The Centenary of Regaining Independence of the Republic of Poland
Opening of the exhibition: 6th march 2019
Miejsce: Hall of temporary exhibitions (level -3)
Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk