Finally, a long-awaited permanent gallery of the Polish Design of the 20th century opens at the National Museum. It is tiny nevertheless, it is.
It is a bit disappointing that the museum couldn’t find an adequate location for the Museum of Design in Warsaw. A quest for the place took ages. On 300 metres in the main building in Aleje Jerozolimskie, we will see only the tip of the iceberg of what the institution has gathered in its warehouses in Otwock Wielki. The core of the priceless collection of the Polish design of the 20th century is a gift from the Institute of Industrial Design from 1978. The rest of the objects come from the designers, people, and companies. If, with the use of what we already have, we created a big gallery- a centre of the contemporary design it could become the success on a scale of the Faras Gallery. We do have real treasures!
In the meantime, we have to make do with these 300 metres. We can experience the time travel through the last century – from the Zakopane milieu, Krakow Workshops, “Ład” Artists’ Cooperative and modernists in the “Praesens” group, through the post-war reconstruction period, Social Realism, the Polish thaw and post-1956 modernism – the most dynamic period in the Polish design. There are also objects from the recent years. A separate mention will be given to design for children.
The wooden blocks by Zofia Stryjeńska and toys by Jan Kurzątkowski, armchairs by Józef Chierowski and Roman Modzelewski, chairs by Teresa Kruszewska and Maria Chomentowska, “Bambino” record player, porcelain from Ćmielów, glass by Zbigniew Horbowy, CPN logo and clothes by Hoffland. All these treasures can be found in the Gallery of Polish Design. The idea is that in the course of time some exhibits will disappear to showcase different objects from the collection.
GALLERY OF POLISH DESIGN – open at the National Museum (Al. Jerozolimskie 3), from Friday, 15th December.
Photo: Aga Bilska & Piotr Ligier i Paweł Giergoń / Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie