We’re about to open the exhibition of Wilhelm Sasnal’s paintings titled Such a Landscape

na obrazie widzimy obraz autorstwa Wilhelma Sasnala
fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

From 17 June, you will be able to visit the exhibition Wilhelm Sasnal: Such a Landscape and join in the accompanying events. Here is our offer for the opening weekend (17-20 June):

Thursday, 17 June

Friday, 18 June

  • 3 PM "Rezerwacje" by Katarzyna Janowska  
    Program dedicated to the exhibition opening shared on the POLIN Museum Facebook profile and on Onet.Kultura website. 
    In Polish.

Saturday, 19 June

Sunday, 20 June 

  • 2.30 PM urban walk: The Memory and the Forgotten Past in the Warsaw district of Muranów

    Muranów and its vicinity is a part of Warsaw which in the recent decades saw monuments being unveiled and pulled down, and street names being changed. It also witnessed debates over what figures and which events deserve to be commemorated. During the walk, we will trace different forms of remembering about the past: statues, memorial plaques, murals, trees or memorial gardens. We will ponder over the social processes which accompany the shifts in attitudes towards the past, as well as those affecting the way we speak about the past within the urban space.
  • 6 PM Guided tour of the exhibition Wilhelm Sasnal: Such a Landscape with the artist himself 

    We invite you to tour the exhibition with its author, Wilhelm Sasnal, who will tell you about the circumstances in which selected works were painted, about their significance and history. 
    Tickets for the guided tour to be won in competitions run by Vogue and TOK FM Radio – more details coming soon. 
  • 7PM POLIN auditorium, Screening of the movie titled It’s the sun, I was blinded by the sun followed by a conversation with the authors: Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal. 

    The screening will be followed by a meeting with the film authors, Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal, moderated by Maria Beburia of the Ocalenie Foundation. The film will serve as a pretext to reflect on the ways we perceive the Other, and on exclusion. The event will mark the World Refugee Day. The Ocalenie Foundation is the event partner.  

    The event will be held in Polish, streaming available on the POLIN Museum Facebook profile. The film The Sun, I Was Blinded by the Sun will be available on Vimeo 24 hours prior to the event. 

    Free tickets available at the Museum ticket desks.

What’s next? Let’s check out the entire program of events accompanying Wilhelm Sasnal: Such a Landscape exhibition

We have prepared a program of events accompanying Wilhelm Sasnal’s exhibition aimed at exploring further the topics it touches upon and looking at the exposition from different perspectives. We will discuss squaring up to the dark episodes in our history, to difficult memory and to the attitudes towards ‘the other’. We will address the titular landscape as a witness to the Holocaust. 

On 10 July, to mark the 80th anniversary of the Jedwabne pogrom, we will screen the film by Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal titled The View is Beautiful from Afar. After the screening, we will talk to the authors. One day later we will organize an online discussion titled The Summer of 1941—the Summer of Pogroms. History, Memory, Facing the Past, moderated by Krzysztof Persak. The participants — Prof. Joanna Michlic (University College London), Prof. Saulius Sužiedėlis (Millersville University) and Dr Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe (Freie Universität Berlin)—will ponder over the characteristic features of 1941 pogroms and over how contemporary societies in the respective countries square up to the difficult past. 

Online conversation with Wilhelm Sasnal will allow us to listen closely to the artist’s voice, especially that he will be questioned not only by journalists but also by the visitors to the exhibition. Meanwhile, other artists, people engaged in social initiatives and representatives of the minorities will develop projects inspired by the exhibition, thus offering us a commentary of sorts. 

As part of the POLIN Reading Room series: Such a literary landscape we will discuss texts and books which deal with similar topics to those present in Wilhelm Sasnal’s oeuvre: the Holocaust, antisemitism, exclusion, nationalism. 

Aside from the guided tours of the exhibition with Wilhelm Sasnal himself and the curator Adam Szymczyk, we will also organise walks with interesting personalities from the world of art and culture, with representatives of the minority and immigrant communities, as well as people with disabilities. POLIN Museum guides will also invite you to join them for guided tours and urban walks. 

In a series of debates and lectures, we will ponder over how the Holocaust is portrayed in contemporary art. We will reflect on the role of an artist in the contemporary world and in today’s society. Kasia Redzisz of Tate Liverpool will deliver an online lecture in English devoted to Sasnal’s art in the context of abstract art, especially to its relation to the Shoah.

In September, we will relaunch Sunday workshops for families as well as classes for pupils from primary schools (grades 7-8) and from high schools. We will also produce a Pre-guide on contemporary art for families—in it, we will seek answers to the questions such as: how do we respond to art? How do we talk about it? How to ask questions and do they necessarily require answers?

We want to organise live meeting on site, in the Museum building, as well as outdoors and online meetings. This way, regardless of the state of the pandemic, everybody will be offered a chance to get acquainted with the exhibition, to develop its threads and to ask themselves questions posed by the exposition.

Detailed calendar of the events planned for the coming months will be available soon at www.polin.pl 

Free program accompanying the exhibition has been made possible by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Fund and by the state budget

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