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Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa

Dziesiątki miejsc na poranne spacery
"Biblia Pauperum. The Art of the Poor and Excluded. Depictions of God in Folk Art" - permanent exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum
, 09:00 am - 5:00 pm (wtorek-piątek 09:00-17:00, sobota 10:00-18:00, niedziela 12:00-17:00)
Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne w Warszawie, ul. Kredytowa 1 (II piętro) (map)
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The exhibition makes use of the greatest exhibits from the collection of The National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. The narrative presents the peasants’ take on the Bible and their understanding of the world and bases on Biblical and apocryphal elements of the story of the Salvation, present in folk art. The exhibits make us realise the coherence and timelessness of the presented reality, they help us discover our own identity and are mirrors for our souls. This notion is close to everyone’s heart, after all most of us can trace their roots to somewhere in the countryside.

The art created by the excluded, alienated and poor people should be perceived as the result of human experience, his struggle with everyday life. It results from the needs of the author, experienced joys and sorrows, expresses the attitude towards the sacrum, the surrounding world of nature and other people. It does not matter if we look at a work created a few decades ago, before the century or even older. The fate of a man locked in a piece of wood, left in the form of an imprint on paper or painted on glass, ceases to be something local, provincial, perhaps not worth the attention. The work "produced" for own use suddenly reveals its timeless character - it attracts the attention of the whole world and determines the universalism of this art.
In the group of over a hundred-works selected for the exhibition, we can distinguish three basic elements: classic workshop creativity of anonymous authors, works of non-professional artists from the 50s, 60s and 70s of the twentieth century, and art brut, which was an object of separate reflection on the recently presented exhibition "Gray art zone - Polish creators of art brut".

Source: National Ethnographic Museum