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Taking Stock
February 23, 2012   
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Visitors to the Królikarnia Palace in Warsaw are welcomed by an unusual sight on the building’s ground floor, where dozens of figures, busts and the heads, arms and legs from various sculptures are piled up and pressed tightly against one another. Jumbled together in a seemingly haphazard manner, the objects of marble, plaster, wood, bronze and concrete form an exhibition entitled Skontrum.

The title refers to a stock-taking exercise at a museum and draws visitors’ attention to the large collection of sculptures which the National Museum in Warsaw has built up over the past 150 years. The exhibition is also designed to show how the museum works as an cultural institution, revealing some of the museum’s behind-the-scenes activities and the secret lives of historic objects kept in storage rooms and workshops, usually out of visitors’ sight. The exhibition comprises almost 500 sculptures and carvings which together form an expressive installation. The organizers have crammed as many items into the building as its floor can handle. The items include figures of Christian saints, mythological heroes, depictions of aristocrats, statesmen and allegories of abstract ideas.

Masterpieces are displayed alongside religious objects and propaganda items commissioned under different political systems.


Through Dec. 31
Królikarnia Palace—branch of the National Museum in Warsaw, 113a Puławska St., tel. 22 843-15-86, tickets zl.8 (full price) and 4 (discount); Open daily except for Mondays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission on Thursdays
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