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2004 | 45 | 36-45

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WARSAW UPRISING MUSEUM IN THE LIGHT OF AN ARCHITECTUAL COMPETITION (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego w swietle konkursu architektonicznego)

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The decision to adapt for the purposes of the Warsaw Uprising Museum a historical and much neglected former Tram Power Station in Przyokopowa Street, was made in 2003. It was possible to open the museum on 1 August 2004, on the sixtieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Uprising thanks to the fact that the exhibition was featured in an already existing building, thus enabling the revalorisation of an edifice with neo-Romanesque elevations, erected in 1905-1908. The essence of the Warsaw Uprising Museum was to consist of didactics and an emotional impact similar to the Holocaust Museum in Washington or the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Only 14 projects took part in the competition for the museum's architecture, and the chosen one was devised by the Cracow-based Architectural Studio headed by Wojciech Obtulowicz. A second competition, dealing with the conception of the museum exposition, was won by young designers: Miroslaw Nizio, Jaroslaw Klaput and Dariusz Kunowski, authors of a modern exhibition maintained at the highest level and with the application of contemporary technical and technological potential (sound, image, computer science), which will tell the story of the Uprising by referring to the individual experiences of particular persons, shown through the prism of the fate and by resorting to publications, accounts and records of meetings with the insurgents. In this manner it will show the future generations the meaning of the August events, treating them as an element of patriotic education, important for the retention of identity. The exhibition will thus convey history and patriotism in an inspiring and modern manner; most important, it will pay homage to the Insurgents on the sixtieth anniversary of the outbreak of their heroic struggle.







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  • Andzrej Kicinski, address not given, contact the journal editor


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