It is one of our favourite municipal institutions of culture in Warsaw. Everything seems to fit in here: excellent exhibitions on Warsaw, interesting descriptions in Polish and English, atmospheric café, free entrance, a bookshop with books at reasonable prices, modern interior. There are even three waste bins for proper segregation.
We were amused once again when visiting this place during the Christmas break. It was packed with people: teenagers and seniors, Varsovians and foreigners. In front of the photos presented at the exhibition, there was a long queue comparable to the one at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Gabriel Oprządek who runs Karowa 20 café, told us that even Christmas Eve for lonely seniors had been organised on the initiative of the History Meeting House. And it was held on that very day. Even though there is no local community here, there is the community of the HMH. Kids visit this place often, too. During a day there are various workshops for schools and movie screenings. We envy them such opportunity.
Dzieciaki też tu często bywają, bo w ciągu dnia na Karowej organizowane są lekcje dla szkół, z pokazami filmów, warsztatami w sali edukacyjnej w podziemiach. Zazdrościmy takich lekcji.
The current exhibition entitled “Regained. A photo essay from Warsaw 1918-1939″ is the essence of what the HMH offers. It is one of the finest anniversary exhibitions. The exhibition curators, Anna Brzezińska and Katarzyna Madoń-Mitzner wanted to show the everyday life of our city after regaining independence. From the vast archives of the National Digital Archives, they decided to excavate previously unknown photos which capture various aspects of city life: recreation, sport, social and market life, the Vistula boulevards. Poor Warsaw and more affluent one.
“A collective protagonist of the exhibition are dwellers of Warsaw. We wanted to show that the pre-war times are not so distant at all”, says Katarzyna Madoń-Mitzner. Photography skills were also the main criteria of the selection. In the 20s and 30s, compact photo cameras were gaining in popularity hence more capturing reportage photography from the streets of Warsaw.
The next exhibition will be devoted to Warsaw seen through the eyes of Tadeusz Rolke. How can you not come back here every now and then!
Dom Spotkań z Historią, Karowa St 20, free entrance.stęp wolny.