It all turned out quite depressing and serious but that this year was like that. All the best in 2018!
1. MUSEUM BY THE VISTULA AND NEW BOULEVARDS
The opening of the Museum of Modern Art at Defilad Square will be really something. We are now closing our eyes and trying to visualize it. Will we live to see the opening of the Museum of Modern Art? For now, we have to make do with the small events. For sure such thing is a pavilion of MoMA which was built by the river. It evokes many emotions and triggers off discussions. Some of us are fond of it and for some, it is just hideous (or maybe it relates only to the work of Sławek Pawszak). We like this place because it is open, offers wise exhibitions (the Hansens this year were exquisite), operates during weekends and is open until late hours which perfectly fits into the dynamic life by the river. Thanks to this place it is worth taking a stroll down the boulevards.
2. CULINARY REVOLUTIONS
Warsaw has been listed in the third place of the most vegan- friendly cities with the best vegan places. This year we have started to be more conscious of what we eat. We have been reading books by Marta Michalak and Marta Dymek, made shopping in food cooperatives, at Forteca and Bio Bazar. We were delighted by the tastes at Vege Małpa, Vegan Ramen Shop, and Youmiku Sushi and we enthusiastically welcomed the new Warsaw Culinary Festival at Botanical Gardens.
3. REVITALISATION OF PRAGA AND REPRIVATISATION
Arlie Russell Hochschild, an American renowned sociologist, an author of a book entitled “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right” describes the fact how power became a slave of business. We can observe it here as well where next reprivatisation affair follows another. How to revitalise Praga and not to think only about developers and private interests but most of all about the interests of the inhabitants? This is what our government needs to learn. However, a wise plenipotentiary for revitalisation Jacek Grunt-Mejer is open for a dialogue. We recommend one more reading by Beata Siemieniako, an attorney, who in her book „Reprivatising Poland. History of a Big Scam” focuses on the rights of the tenants.
4. GALLERY OF POLISH DESIGN AT NATIONAL MUSEUM
Again a little substitute, because a real success would be a centre of design where the National Museum could showcase the majority of its collection gathered in its warehouses in Otwock Wielki. We have to make do with 300 metres. However, there is no denying the fact that we are all excited. It is the first permanent exposition of the Polish design from the 20th century rich in unique objects.
It was ubiquitous. We are more and more conscious about its origins and how to fight it back. Now the city has to take a firm stand: more days with free public transport, limitations of traffic in the city centre, help for the inhabitants who wish to exchange their old heating system. We all have to do something for the sake of clean air.
We have spent much time shouting in the streets for women rights and independent courts. One of the advantages is that we are learning to scream louder and more actively fight for our rights and democracy. Let us not forget about the death of a Common Gray Man near the Palace of Culture.
7. HALA GWARDII
We kept our fingers crossed and it worked. Hala Gwardii was full of visitors not only during an opening day but we used to visit it quite eagerly during the weekends. The nonpretentious atmosphere, lots of Polish products, first cultural events which are only the incentive for more.
8. BIKE TRACK UNDER ŁAZIENKOWSKI BRIDGE
Another substitute because there are just few cycle tracks in Warsaw. However, a lot has been changing. We tend to transfer from our cars to bikes and thanks to the bike track under the Łazienkowski Bridge ride on the other side of the river is now a pure pleasure.
9. “THE CURSE” AT POWSZECHNY THEATRE
A significant play which tackles the problems of contemporary Poland and sexual abuse among priests. It evoked many emotions and protests in front of the theatre and voices of the politicians from the ruling party showed us that censorship is present in the country. Stay focused.
10. VANISHING MODERNA
We have in our album “Warszawa. Warsaw” an entry called “Modernism. Our new monuments”. A year ago we had something to show there. Rotunda, Smyk, Emilia, Sezam are gone now. We realized how important these buildings were for a city landscape. Demolished buildings are coming back in a new form and the city is changing in front of our eyes. Warsaw under construction.