Skopje. City of Solidarity – author talk

2022-05-17, 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a meeting with Kinga Nettmann-Multanowska, author of the book "Warsaw Sketches Skopje" (“Warszawa rysuje Skopje”). Starting at 6.00 p.m. on May 17 in the panoramic hall on the fifth floor, it will be hosted by the director of the International Cultural Centre, Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik.

When an earthquake destroyed Skopje in July 1963, the scale of the tragedy touched the whole world. Polish architects and city planners took part in the reconstruction project. Their experience of reconstruction of Warsaw, destroyed during World War II, turned out to be invaluable. Kinga Nettmann-Multanowska will talk about this still little-known Polish success.

Skopje was created as a city of the future, employing the most modern solutions of urban planning. Thanks to visionary designs, it has become one of the most architecturally interesting cities in Europe. The Warsaw "Skopje team" working in Macedonia was made up of people with exceptional biographies – including Stanisław "Agaton" Jankowski (the head of the team), Stanisław "Orsza" Broniewski, Bohdan Jastrzębski, Zbigniew Galperyn, Kazimierz Marczewski, and Juliusz Wilski. The Design Director of the Skopje plan on behalf of the United Nations Special Fund was Adolf Ciborowski (before his departure to Skopje, the Chief Architect of Warsaw). Warsaw urban planners collaborated in Skopje with international celebrities such as Constantinos Doxiadis, Kenzō Tange, and Arata Isozaki (co-designer of the Krakow Manggha Museum).


The book “Warsaw Sketches Skopje” was published by the Centrum Architektury Foundation.

The event is related to the exhibition “Skopje. City, Architecture and Art of Solidarity”, which was on show at the ICC Gallery in 2019.


The meeting will be streamed on the ICC Facebook profile.


Kinga Nettmann-Multanowska— Doctor of humanities, English scholar, graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Polish language teacher in Kyrgyzstan and Georgia, culture manager, author and co-author of publications on Polish links with Georgia and North Macedonia, curator and initiator of exhibitions, events and publications on architecture and urban planning. She lived in Skopje in 2014–2018.

Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik – director of the International Cultural Centre. Her interests include cultural policy at the national and municipal level, international cultural cooperation, management of cultural institutions, including museums, organisation of exhibitions and related events involving research, promotion, and education. She researches social and local government involvement in cultural development. She is involved in cultural diplomacy activities on behalf of the ICC, representing Poland on the international arena, also through active participation in international networks (ENCATC, RIHA) and programmes. In 2004–2006 she co-led the international training project ECHOCAST (European Cultural Heritage Organisations Customer Aware Staff Training), which became part of the pilot programme of “Academy of Museum Management” in 2011. She acted as the national coordinator of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. She is a member of the Association of Art Historians, the Society of Friends of Krakow History and Monuments, the ICOM International Council of Museums, the Civic Committee for the Restoration of Krakow Heritage, as well as the board member of the Council of the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow (2021-2024), the Council of the Museum of Photography in Krakow (2020-2024) and the Council of the Museum of Krakow (2021-2023). In 2018, she was awarded the Hungarian Golden Cross of Merit, and in 2020 the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit for Lithuania.

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