Report: "Lectures on the Core Exhibition"

On November 12, 2013, Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (New York University), Core Exhibition Program Director, delivered a lecture entitled "Polin: Legends of Arrival".

Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett presented an outline of the Forest gallery – the first gallery of the Core Exhibition – to a full audience. She recounted how the curators and designers were inspired by the motif of the primeval forest that covered Central Europe through which Jews journeyed in the Middle Ages before they came to settle in Poland. Prof. Kirshenblatt-Gimblett showed how the Forest gallery evolved, from the first sketches to the successive proposals of different design companies. She also cited legends about the beginnings of Jewish presence in Poland. She described the choice of legends as the main narrative force in the Forest gallery, which is poetic and appeals to the imagination. After the lecture, Prof. Kirshenblatt-Gimblett for forty minutes answered questions from the audience.

We invite you to view the photo gallery from the event.


We also invite you to the next meetings in the Lectures on the Core Exhibition series:

09.12.2013, 6.00 PM – Prof. Hanna Zaremska, A Historian in the Museum. The Middle Ages Gallery of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews

21.01.2014, 6.00 PM – Prof. Igor Kąkolewski, Poland – A Jewish Paradise? On the Question Marks in the Golden Age Gallery

10.02.2014, 6.00 PM – Ewa Małkowska-Bieniek, A Unicorn in the Town. The 17th and 18th Century Gallery

24.02.2014, 6.00 PM – Prof. Marcin Wodziński, Jews in Poland or Polish Jews? The Main Challenges of the Long Nineteenth Century Gallery


Supported from the Norway and EEA Grants by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

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