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Lost Artwork Recreated
April 25, 2013   
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Lost Museum is the name of a project that aims to support Polish institutions in recovering valuable works of art which went missing in the 20th century.

Wars, invasions and robberies cost Poland hundreds of thousands of paintings, sculptures, handicraft items and priceless manuscripts that were either destroyed or taken out of the country during the 20th century. Many of these artworks are still missing, but thanks to the joint efforts of government officials, institutions and individuals, some of the lost treasures are being found every year.

The Lost Museum project aims to create visual impressions of some of the art treasures that Poland lost over the centuries and show this artwork to the public. Even though most these items can never be found or recovered in the physical sense, the project attempts to restore memory of the missing objects as they are part of both Polish and European cultural heritage.

The first Lost Museum presentation, organized together with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, was held in the courtyard of Warsaw’s Royal Castle in May 2010. It took the form of a multimedia show that comprised an animated video depicting works of art lost in the past and visual compositions projected onto walls around the courtyard. The video provided a historical context for the project, telling viewers how paintings and other items were lost during the war and the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, while the computer images were artists’ impressions of some of the lost items.

This year’s Lost Museum presentation will be held on the Night of the Museums May 18-19 and feature more items from lost Polish collections. Audiences in three Polish cities will see a video telling the stories of collection owners and places where they came from. The video will be shown on large screens and some images will be projected on building walls. The presentation will also make references to modern graffiti and street art. In Warsaw, the images will be projected onto the facade of the Presidential Palace and the National Stadium; audiences in Poznań will see the show on Wolno¶ci Square; and the Cracow show will be held at Wawel Castle.
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