Opening of the Podgórze Museum

28 March 2018

On 26 April, the former inn at the intersection of Limanowskiego and Powstańców Wielkopolskich streets starts a new chapter in its history as it reopens as the Podgórze Museum, branch of the Historical Museum of Kraków.

Its permanent exhibition In the Shadow of Krak’s Mound presents the history of the right bank of the Vistula, where the Austrian city of Josefstadt was built in 1784 after the first partition of Poland. The museum reveals local history from legendary times to the present day and introduces people who have made the most important contributions to the district’s cultural heritage and shaped its current identity. The exhibition describes the phenomenon and mythology of Podgórze – once an independent, multicultural and multinational city – and its spectacular industrial success at the turn of the 20th century.

Images of Podgórze from between the second half of the 19th century to the 1960s and contemporary views of the right bank of the Vistula are presented at the first temporary exhibition Local Vision. Podgórze Through the Eyes of Photographers. Photographs come from the collections of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. Authors include the legend of 19th-century landscape photography of Kraków Ignacy Krieger, amateur photographer of the interwar period Marian Plebańczyk, and the communist-era “poet of the camera” Henryk Hermanowicz. The organisers are encouraging visitors to help them expand the exhibition by donating private photographs and memorabilia, which will be shown in a separate section in the exhibition.

The opening of the museum forms a part of Kraków’s programme of celebrations of the centenary of Poland’s independence “Liberated_1918”. A hundred years ago, the building was used by the Austrian army; it was one of the first sites to be liberated in Poland, and on 31 October 1918 it was the starting point of the march of the Polish armed forces on their way to Kraków to take over the city.

An important aspect of the new institution will be integration of local communities, expressed through an exhibition presenting recollections of residents and photos and family mementos donated to the museum. (Dorota Dziunikowska, “Karnet” monthly)

Opening of the museum 26 April 2018, 5pm

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