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Debate: War and culture – experiences and challenges

2024-06-20, 1:00 p.m.

June 20, MCK, 1:00 p.m


We invite you to the exhibition prepared by the State Archives in Warsaw entitled "Warsaw stronger than war" on the ground floor of the MCK in Krakow and to a debate with the participation of prof. Krystyna Zachwatowicz-Wajda, prof. Stanisław Waltoś, Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik and Krzysztof Sałaciński.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Convention of May 14, 1954 for the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict, the promotion of the "Blue Shield", the emergency program, assistance, advice for endangered cultural heritage and the achievements of prof. Jan Zachwatowicz, the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, the State Archives in Warsaw, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Polish Blue Shield Committee are jointly organizing an expert discussion and an exhibition dedicated to Warsaw during the war and reconstruction.

How can the experiences of 70 years ago help us today? How have legal regulations regarding cultural protection changed after the experience of post-war reconstruction and what role do they play today in times of danger?

In 1946, prof. Jan Zachwatowicz, architect and head of the Department of Historic Architecture of the Warsaw Reconstruction Office, said: "The cataclysm of the last war made the matter even more acute. Entire pages of our history, written in stone letters of architecture, were deliberately torn out. The sense of responsibility towards future generations demands the reconstruction of what was destroyed, a full reconstruction, aware of the tragedy of the historical falsehood committed”. How do we today - as the future generations indicated by him - perceive the reconstruction process and what have we taken from his achievements?



The exhibition will be opened by:

Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik, director of the MCK

Krzysztof Sałaciński, defense counsel, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, President of the Polish Blue Shield Committee

Magdalena Wiercińska, director of the State Archives in Warsaw and curator of the exhibition


Please confirm your intention to participate by June 18 to: sekretariat@mck.krakow.pl.

The debate will be transmitted and translated into the Polish Sign Language.


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