We came here to sing carols...

Exhibition

We came here to sing carols... Nativity scenes from the collections of Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice

Thursday 5 December 2019, 6:00 pm — Friday 31 January 2020, 6:00 pm

Platán Galéria

Budapest, VI. Andrássy út 32.

We came here to sing carols...

Nativity scenes from the collections of Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice

 

The Polish Institute in Budapest and Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition

We came here to sing carols...

Nativity scenes from the collections of Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice

at the Platán Gallery on Thursday, 5 December 2019 at 6 pm.

Celebratory remarks: Joanna Urbańska, director of the Polish Institute

Opening speech by:

Sonia Wilk, representative of the Director of Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice for Core Operations, Non-Professional Art Department manager

Krystyna Pieronkiewicz-Pieczko, curator of the exhibition, Ethnology Department manager 

 

The festive time to commemorate the birth of Christ in Poland is called Gody, Godni Święta or Szczodre Dni (Bountiful Days) and is celebrated from Christmas to the Epiphany. This is an extraordinary time – unusual home decor and characteristic dishes appear, carols reverberate, and a festive mood prevails. The power of tradition promotes durability of numerous customs and practices related to these days. Relics of ancient rituals are interwoven there with contemporary content, and pagan beliefs are in perfect symbiosis with Christian spirit.

Good wishes for the upcoming New Year were always brought in this holiday time by carollers with a star, manger, or a nativity scene. The beginnings of the Polish folk nativity scenes go back as far as the 2nd half of the 18th century. The church authorities banned  performances of nativity plays in the churches and the nativity scene began to wander the streets, first of the towns and then the villages. Many of its variations developed in Poland. The simplest one was used by youngest carolling boys and the big ones with puppets were used by bachelor carollers. Manger scenes were also present in people’s homes. Many of them are still a Christmas attribute. Krakow nativity scene has a special place among Polish folk manger scenes. It is a great example of presepioartistry, referring to historical monuments of Kraków, expanded architecturally, decoratively, thematically, and improved in terms of technical solutions.

We invite you to contemplate the nativity scenes from the collections of the Ethnology Department and paintings from the Non-professional Art Department of Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice. We encourage you to stop for a moment, compose yourself, and feel the festive atmosphere. Carollers used to come carolling, wishing everyone prosperity and abundance in the coming year, but beginning from the 19th century, Christmas and New Year wishes were made by sending postcards. Every good word addressed to another person at this time has special causative power. Please accept our good and cordial wishes and feel free to pass them to others.

The Management and Employees of Polish Institute in Budapest and Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice.

 

Curator:  Krystyna Pieronkiewicz-Pieczko

Cooperation: Sonia Wilk

Space Arrangement: Krystian Banik

Project Coordination: Katarzyna Kościelny, Małgorzata Paul, Polish Institute

Conservation Department: Anna Ucieklak

Consultations and project supervision: Łukasz Adamski

 

The exhibition can be viewed until 31 January 2020, Monday - Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Platán Galéria – Budapest, VI. Andrássy út 32.