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Spotlight on Lost Art
April 30, 2014   
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Images of Polish art that went missing in the 20th century will be shown to audiences during this year’s Night of the Museums event in an inventive project called Lost Museum.


Poland lost hundreds of thousands of paintings, sculptures, handicraft items and priceless manuscripts that were either destroyed or taken out of the country in wars and invasions 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.

Through meticulous research and painstaking work by visual artists, the Lost Museum project aims to recreate some of the art treasures that Poland lost and to show them to the public. Even though most these items can never be found or recovered in the physical sense, the project attempts to remind the general public of the missing objects, which are part of both the Polish and European cultural heritage.

The Lost Museum project will include multimedia shows staged in Poland’s largest cities during the Night of the Museums, which this year takes place May 16 in Cracow and May 17 elsewhere in Poland. The shows will feature images of lost collections of art, in addition to pieces that have been recovered. Every year, the multimedia presentations are also released on DVD and sent out to museums and other cultural establishments to show them during the Night of the Museums and use them afterwards in exhibitions and educational activities.

The leading themes of this year’s Lost Museum multimedia show include the art collection of the Czartoryski family and objects from the National Museums in Gdańsk and Poznań. The complicated and often surprising stories behind the collections will be narrated to music selected by top Polish music producer Envee. Visual impressions of lost art treasures have been prepared by Marta Ignerska, a talented young graphic designer and illustrator.

Night of the Museums, main shows
May 16: Cracow, Wawel castle courtyard
May 17: Warsaw, Presidential Palace courtyard;
Poznań, Wolno¶ci Square; Gdańsk, Green Gate
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