Eternity and a Moment 1918–1939 — Architecture As a Tool in Constructing Polish National Identity

Exhibition

Exhibition presenting Polish architecture in the years 1918-1939. The selection of objects on display sums up the ways in which the country was represented by means of modernist architecture.

Tuesday 12 November 2019, 10:00 am

Platán Galéria

1061 Budapest, Andrássy út. 32.

Eternity and a Moment 1918–1939 — Architecture As a Tool in Constructing Polish National Identity

Guided tour and exhibition talk : 14 November (Thursday) 2019, 6 pm

Participants:

Katarzyna Uchowicz art historian

Dániel Kovács art historian, editor-in-chief of Építészfórum 

Pál Ritoók art historian, Hungarian Museum of Architecture and Monument Protection Documentation Center

The exhibition title Eternity and a Moment was inspiredby a speech delivered by Lech Niemojewski (1894-1952), a distinguished Polish architect, exponent of modernity and insightful researcher of the history of old Polish architecture. His words aptly convey the potential and stability of the independent Second Polish Republic and the short period of time when ambitiousvisions of a modern, dynamically developing state were being put into place. The position of Polish architecture in the years 1918-1939 was secured by an innovative, technologically advanced building industry, but also by a unique promotional strategy that employed architectural models, photographs and photomontages. The selection of objects on display sums up the ways in which the country — revived after 123 years of captivity — was represented by means of modernist architecture. It is impossible to discuss Polish interwar architectural design without its photographic documentation produced by leading Polish photographers. The art of buildings is nothing without urban planning, and good urban planning depends on innovative economy. Examples of the Second Republic’s architectural topography selected for the exhibition are mere dots on the densely populated archi-map, an overture to the symphony of pioneering ideas and long-term plans that were being realised with great success.

Platán Galéria – Budapest, VI. Andrássy út 32.

The exhibition can be viewed until 28 November 2019, on Mondays from Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm.