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Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa

Dziesiątki miejsc na poranne spacery
"Holiday-Making" - permanent exhibition at State Ethnographic Museum
When
, 09:00 am - 5:00 pm (Tue-Fri 09:00-17:00, Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 12:00-17:00)
Where
Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne w Warszawie, ul. Kredytowa 1 (map)
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Tickets
PLN 12, Saturdays admission free
www.ethnomuseum.pl/wystawy/stale/503-czas-swietowania-nowa-wystawa-stala-w-panstwowym-muzeum-etnograficznym-w-warszawie

"Holiday-Making in Polish and European cultures" is the biggest and the most important exhibition in the more than 125-year-long history of the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw.

It is a colourful, multi-vocal story that shows holiday rituals, customs and artefacts of various traditions and religious rituals in Poland.

Over 850 square metres of exhibition space hosts thousands of exhibits: clothes, pictures, sculptures, holiday decorations and artefacts. They include fragments of the Museum's most precious collections: 100 Polish and European ceremonial outfits which occupy the mezzanine space. Instead of traditional cases, they are presented behind glass panes which make up the windows of a great showroom with ceremonial folk clothes. A unique collection of folk dance models, originally prepared for the 1937 Paris International Exhibition, serves as an introduction to the exhibition and is followed by a gallery of valuable votive pictures, folk sculptures, decorations, carnival and other artefacts, referring to the aesthetic roots of folk arts.

The exhibition shows the tradition but also comments on the present as it reveals the folklore's influence on fashion and applied arts, from 1930s until today. It also asks questions about the role of folk style in mass culture.

Modern exhibition design, multimedia, interactive presentations, fragments of films, sound recordings and photographs underscore the original approach to folk tradition in which the artefact, colour and symbol serve not only as the background, but are also the content of the holiday-making culture. All of this makes Holiday-Making one of the most important exhibitions devoted to Polish and European heritage of folk cultures and, at the same time, an important voice in the discussion on the role of the ethnographic heritage of cultures.

Source: State Ethnographic Museum