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Insight into World of Polish Aristocracy
March 3, 2014   
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A new exhibition at the History Meeting House in Warsaw gives visitors an insight into the now-disappeared world of the Polish aristocracy before World War II.

Entitled Adam and Jadwiga Czartoryski’s Family Album, the exhibition looks at the lives of Adam Czartoryski (1906-1998) and his wife Jadwiga Czartoryska née Stadnicka (1913-2009) through a selection of photographs picked by their granddaughter Barbara Caillot-Dubus.

Adam and Jadwiga were part of the last generation to be brought up in a world governed by old Polish aristocratic traditions with all its attendant codes of conduct. Even though neither Adam nor Jadwiga were political and public figures, they left behind a fascinating collection of documents that give an insight into the era in which they lived.

The exhibition comprises almost 50 photographs from the Czartoryskis’ private archive, including family portraits, landscapes and photographs with scenes from the everyday lives of Polish aristocrats in a bygone era.

Most of the photographs were taken by Jadwiga Czartoryska. After she died, her old albums, negatives, journals and memoirs were inherited by her granddaughter. Caillot-Dubus says that all the photographs and documents, stored in one closet, became pieces of a historical jigsaw puzzle for her. “With the help of historian Marcin Brzeziñski, over three years I created a subjective photographic narrative about my grandparents,” said Caillot-Dubus. “I picked photographs and texts that spoke to me as I saw a message, power and emotions in them.”

Next year, the exhibition will go on a tour of Lviv, Vilnius, Vienna and Paris.


Until March 30; History Meeting House; 20 Karowa St.
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