“After the Great War. New Europe 1918-1923” is the theme of the exhibition, which can be seen at Plac Wolności. Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań is a partner of the exhibition and the Faculty of Art Studies and Musicology has prepared accompanying events. The first film, on Polish design in the face of independence, is already available on the university’s website.
AMU Associate Professor Piotr Korduba, PhD, director of the Art History Institute, said: – For us, the interwar period is not only the time of regaining independence, but also the time after World War I, and consequently considered by some people, by some researchers as not only symbolic, but in fact the practical and real end of the great and long-lasting 19th century with all its industrial, neo-style production – explains the art historian. He mentions the first official appearance of the Polish representation at the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts and Modern Industry in Paris in 1925, when we entered the art déco aesthetics, the name of which was taken from the exhibition. He sums up the interwar period: – Undoubtedly, this time of both reflection and artistic practice, as well as excellent successes, perhaps of exhibition qualities above all, was an excellent foundation for the Polish design in the second half of the 20th century, and in principle, also in the modern times, says Professor Korduba.
The video (in Polish with English subtitles soon to follow) of Prof. Piotr Korduba’s speech is available at https://youtu.be/LQYA10b8l-M
The exhibition entitled: “After the Great War. New Europe 1918-1923” was prepared by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (https://enrs.eu) – an international organization devoted to the study of historical memory in Central and Eastern Europe. At Plac Wolności you can see over 200 artifacts – photographs, documents, films and maps, as well as individual accounts and stories told by witnesses.
The exhibition is an attempt to summarize the turbulent beginnings of the interwar period, with particular emphasis on the history of Central and Eastern Europe. As the organizers say, it presents Europe after the Great War in an international context, thus facilitating a better understanding of its significance in the process of shaping a new European order after the First World War.
The exhibition can be seen at Plac Wolności until April 13, 2021.