NEW EXPOSITION AT THE JAN KOCHANOWSKI MUSEUM IN CZARNOLAS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE RECEPTION OF THE POET IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY (Nowa ekspozycja w Muzeum Jana Kochanowskiego w Czarnolesie w kontekscie recepcji poety w XXI wieku)
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Work on a new exposition in the Jan Kochanowski Museum has become a truly urgent requirement. In the course of the twenty years which have passed from the inauguration of the previous display, the mentality of the visitors has undergone far-reaching transformations. The secondary-school pupils who constitute the basic core of the visitors, represent a different perception of the world, surrounding reality, and the past. In the epoch of the Internet which, together with the whole computer civilisation, creates a pictorial culture, and at a time of the universal popularity of such publications as the volumes-long adventures of Harry Potter, a successful transmission of knowledge about the most outstanding Polish poet preceding the 19th century bard Adam Mickiewicz must be granted a new dimension. The new scenario was inspired by reflections and subsequent work on an equally novel, contemporary edition of all the collected works of the Master, suited to the needs of our times; now at the stage of being prepared it already bears the title of 'Wielka Edycja Senacka' (The Great Senate Edition). The premises of this venture demonstrate best of all the intentions of the discussed exhibition focused, similarly to shows of Kochanowski's writings, on an European dimension. The general slogan of the exhibition is the spirit of the time and the climate of the Jan Kochanowski epoch. The initial premises of the project, which to a great extent have been already realised, underline the fact that we are visiting a house which stands on the very spot of the Kochanowski home and that the exhibits come from the epoch but were never the poet's property. Generally speaking, the organisers are concerned with avoiding the creation of an illusion that the young visitors are actually seeing the home of Jan Kochanowski, and with conveying the impression that they had toured the place where Kochanowski lived and wrote, gazed at the same landscape, and was surrounded by similar objects. In other words, prime importance is attached to devising a specific genius loci.
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