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POZNAŃ: Design at the lake. Polish Culture Trip

23.08.2018 City

Design on the beach? Yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you! This summer, you can immerse yourself in culture while bathing in the sun. A mobile container filled with Polish art and culture has just arrived in the vicinity of Lake Strzeszynskie. The exhibition devoted to Polish design is particularly interesting, showcasing Polish design gems created in the last ten decades.

Why put culture in a container? The Mobile Institute of Culture is a shipping container-turned-alternative exhibition space travelling the world with a mission to promote Polish art, music, and design. Brought to life by Monika Petryczko from the Szczecin-based association MiastoHolizm, the Institute began as a mobile platform that displayed art and culture from Szczecin and West Pomeranian region. People behind the Institute held on to the idea of “transporting” culture after the successful exhibition in 2016 in Wrocław, the then European Capital of Culture. For the next two years, the container traveled Europe (making appearances at Design September Brussels, Polish Embassy in Copenhagen and Lodz Design Festival among others), presenting Polish design from different regions of the country in homage to local and sustainable design.

This year, the Mobile Institute of Culture is touring Poland as part of the celebration of 100 years of Poland’s independence. The tour, which began in Gdańsk, has now arrived in Poznań. "Polish Culture Trip is a homage to Polish culture of the last century. We like it when culture gets in people’s way and it does so when it’s properly organized" – says Monika Petryczko, the producer of the event.  

This year’s edition of Polish Culture Trip includes a design exhibition curated by Magdalena Kalisz from the Gdańsk-based showroom Sztuka Wyboru, multimedia artist Pani Pawlosky’s original interpretation of Polish painting, and an exhibition of Polish posters on postcards curated by Piotr Depta-Kleśta. All of this in a mobile, open, and interactive container whose atmosphere makes it feel like there is no distance or barrier between us and art.

What gems are coming to Poznań? Roman Modzelewski’s famous RM58 chair, now reproduced by VZÓR, pottery and ceramics from Bolesławiec and Ćmielów, and contemporary designs by Marek Cecuła i Oskar Zięta next to original prototypes of the 1960s furniture by Rajmund Hałas are just a few examples. The exhibition travels the length and breadth of Polish heritage, taking us on a very sentimental journey capable of evoking memories and emotions. After all, design is the often invisible hero of our everyday life, the co-creator of our identities and personal stories. It can also make us experience beauty. As simple as it sounds. We warmly invite you to come and experience your share of beauty in the natural setting of Lake Strzeszynskie.

The Polish Culture Trip Exhibition opens Friday, August 24, at 7 pm. The opening will feature a panel discussion on contemporary Polish design (in Polish) with Małgorzata Kopczyńska, Agata Kiedrowicz, Ryszard Mańczak, and Karol Starczewski, moderated by Agnieszka Ziółkowska from, the parter of the exhibition. Polish Culture Trip will be open until August 29 and move to Szczecin where it’s going to premiere on October 1. Make sure you don’t miss it! There’s no other container like this one in the whole world!


Polish Culture Trip - Poznań
August 24 – 28, 2018 (opening August 24, 7 pm)
Visual Park, ul. Koszalińska 15, Poznań, Strzeszynek



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