Pamięć o sąsiedztwie narodowym. Wokół wystawy „Obok. Polska-Niemcy. 1000 lat historii w sztuce”
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The Memory of Neighboring Nations. On the Exhibition “Side by Side. Poland-Germany. 1000 Years of History in Art”
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Normalization of Polish-German neighbourly relations includes among others a change in the memory of Poles and Germans about their common past. One of the instruments of this change is art. That is why the article makes empirical reference to the exhibition “Side by Side. Poland-Germany. 1000 Years of History in Art.” In connection with this exhibition the question is considered who and how (by what means of probing memory), by the implication of what content (of the exhibition) rebuilds (or perhaps constructs) the memory of Polish-German neighbourly relations? In expounding those crucial issues emphasis is placed on their vague dimensions – new opportunities offered by the museum exhibition, difficulties in an unambiguous reception of the message it carries, difficulties in identifying the authors of the message and the creators of this event and – what seems to be especially important – the role of state authorities in this process.
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