Temporary exhibition "In King Matt’s Poland. 100th Anniversary of Regaining Independence"

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The exhibition In King Matt’s Poland will be based on the book titled King Matt I by Janusz Korczak, which was written as a response to the major political events happening at the time–the end of WW1, and the rebirth and reconstruction of Polish statehood. In his book, Korczak educates the children on the mechanisms of executing power, and on the great effort and responsibility required to govern a country.

9 November 2018 - 11 March 2019

We wish to celebrate the centenary of the independence by encouraging–similarly to Korczak at the time of Poland regaining independence–the ‘adults’, both big and small, to reflect upon the meaning of freedom, responsibility, democratic state and self-governing community.

The exhibition will be developed along several themes:
  • The historic layer will acquaint the visitor with the problems and challenges of rebuilding the Second Republic of Poland, as well as with Janusz Korczak’s pedagogical theory and practice, which he developed in response to the challenges of the era he lived in, incidentally jumping way ahead of his times.  
  • Moving from the world of history towards the world of fantasy, the visitors will “enter” the book King Matt I and get acquainted with its narrative and principal issues it raises. The scenography of this section will be inspired by illustrations by Iwona Chmielewska, produced especially for the exhibition.
  • The spot for creative action–a space full of board games, tasks to fulfil and games to play–will be located at the very heart of the exhibition. It will be designed as a space encouraging reflection upon basic notions in social-political science and civic education such as statehood, nationhood, community, power, ways of reaching consensus, democracy, labour of good governance, civil rights, human rights and children’s rights. The space will aim to connect people across generations, invite them to engage in conversation and to simply spend quality time together.
  • A documentation of artist Izabela Rutkowska’s activities addressed to children and involving issues raised in the exposition will serve as its epilogue.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue-almanac containing texts devoted to the themes raised, primary sources and worksheets for children. An artbook by Iwona Chmielewska inspired by the novel King Matt I will be addressed to our youngest visitors.

The exhibition will also be accompanied by numerous events dedicated to the issues it involves: the anniversary of Polish independence, challenges of rebuilding the Second Republic, Janusz Korczak’s pedagogical theory and practice and its reception today, civic education and museum education addressed to children.

Curators: Anna Mirska-Czerwińska, Tamara Sztyma


This project is part of the commemoration of the centennial of the regaining of independence



Jankilevitsch Foundation


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