The Polish History Museum, along with a temporary exhibition, will open on September 28. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński on Radio Lublin. Paintings by painters of the Brotherhood of St. Luke, depicting the most important events in Polish history.
The head of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, asked on Monday on Radio Lublin about the progress of work on the construction of the Museum of Polish History at the Warsaw Citadel, said that the opening of the building is scheduled for September. – The opening will probably be September 28. The opening of the building and the temporary exhibition, which will include these works – said Deputy Prime Minister Gliński referring to the exhibition opened on Sunday in Kazimierz Dolny entitled “Lukasz’s. Kazimierz Dolny – USA – Kazimierz Dolny”.
Speaking about the cycle of seven paintings on the most important events in Polish history, presented at the exhibition in Kazimierz Dolny, he stated that they were painted during six months of 1938 by 11 painters of the Brotherhood of St. Luke. As he reported, the Brotherhood of Artists was founded by prof. Tadeusz Pruszkowski, his students, pupils and associates in 1925. The paintings were commissioned by the Polish state and were presented at the World’s Fair in New York in 1939.
What do the pictures show?
– They talk about the good sides of Polish history, about moments when Polish identity was created – said the head of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Giving the topics of the works, he mentioned: the Congress of Gniezno, the baptism of Lithuania, privileges related to the freedom of the nobility, democracy and religious tolerance, the Union of Lublin, the Victory of Vienna and the Constitution of May 3.
The head of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage said that the painters “also had community or even state-building values in mind”. – After all, they participated in a project that was supposed to glorify Poland in the world – he said.
– Many descendants live in Kazimierz or its vicinity and people remember Łukaszowce, which unfortunately is not widely remembered in Poland. We would like this exhibition to be a kind of rediscovery of this very interesting painting group – he said.
Speaking about the exhibition at the Nadwiślańskie Museum, he noted that apart from the seven paintings that were at the world exhibition in Kazimierz Dolny, other paintings of the Łukaszów family are also presented.
Then he drew attention to the importance of Kazimierz Dolny for Polish culture. – The artistic circles that have always been active here have been and are important for Poland – he said.
The paintings hung at Le Moyne College in Syracuse
The head of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage noted that Poland had been trying for many years to recover the paintings of the Lukasz family, which hung in the library of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, and managed to do so last year, which, he added, was not easy. “After so many years of trying to recover these paintings, they have returned because they are very important to our history,” he said.
“I am very grateful to everyone who collaborated on this,” he said. He added that “the strong will of our government” also led to this.
He reminded that the exhibits are in the collection of the Polish History Museum, which is “the most important institution that tells about Polish history.”
The exhibition “Łukaszowcy. Kazimierz Dolny – USA – Kazimierz Dolny” at the Vistula Museum can be seen from June 19 to August 6.
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