The latest Polish films will be screened in Bucharest during the #CinePOLSKA film festival, held between the 17th and 26th of November. This year also, some of finest works of the famous Polish Poster School will be presented in Romania, as well as exhibitions devoted to those personalities in the Polish history, whose actions made it possible for Poland in 1918 to reappear on the maps of Europe.
“By the end of 2017 we will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the first Institute of Polish Culture in Bucharest”, says Agnieszka Skieterska, director of the Polish Institute in Bucharest. “As a result of a fruitful cooperation with the Polish and Romanian archives we managed to confirm that the Institute started its operations on 23rd November 1937 and that it was the second – after the one in London – Polish institution of this kind in the world. We have already mentioned this anniversary on the occasion of a recent concert of the Polish violinist Marta Kowalczyk, accompanied by the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, held on 10th November in the Radio Hall” continues Skieterska and adds that in its current formula the Institute has been operating in the Romanian capital since 2001.
The most important event within the promotion of the Polish culture organized in November will be the Polish film festival #CinePOLSKA, held between 17-19 November and 24-26 November in the Elvire Popesco cinema (bd. Dacia nr. 77).
“This year’s 13th edition of the festival focuses on those personalities that very often were ahead of their times, truly lived their dreams and passions. People, to whom we owe progress” says Agnieszka Skieterska. “One of them was Maria Skłodowska-Curie, the main character of a biography movie under the same title, which speaks about the famous physicist and chemist and illustrates her struggle for recognition in the science community in early 20th century. Another one was the avant-garde painter and designer Władysław Strzemiński, creator of the second in Europe, and the first in Poland, Museum of Contemporary Arts in Łódź, to whom the most prominent Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, who passed away in 2016, had devoted his last film ‘Afterimage'” adds the head of the Polish Institute. This year’s edition of CinePOLSKA will also show contemporary Polish films that have been most honored in a whole range of international film festivals, for example “Spoor”, directed by Agnieszka Holland and her daughter Kasia Adamik, who won the Silver Bear Award for Best Director in 2017 at the Berlin International Film Festival; or several box office successes, such as “Planet single”, a romantic comedy on life and love dilemmas of a couple in their thirties.
In November again a Polish Poster School comprehensive exhibition, comprising 80 works on theatre, cinema and opera themes will be inaugurated in Bucharest. Posters by most remarkable Polish graphic designers belonging to the Cracow Poster Gallery of Krzysztof Dydo will be exhibited between 14th and 25th November in the new gallery of the National University of Arts UNARTE in Bucharest. UNAgaleria is located in a postindustrial building at 29 Băiculești street, with a newly established cultural hub, with i.a. art galleries, including the well-known Nicodim gallery, and a whole range of art studios. The Polish exhibition of about 50 renowned poster masters will include works of Henryk Tomaszewski, Jan Lenica, Waldemar Świerzy, Jan Młodożeniec and Franciszek Starowieyski.
It is worth mentioning the fact that The Polish Institute operates not only in the Romanian capital. In cooperation with other Polish partners it has recently displayed an exhibition on Marshal Józef Piłsudski in the Union Museum (Muzeul Unirii) in Iaşi. Marshal Piłsudski was a charismatic politician, who for most Poles symbolizes the regaining of country’s independence in 1918; without his contribution, Poland would have not reappeared on the maps of Europe after 123 years of the country’s partition perpetrated sequentially in 1772, 1793 and 1795 by Russia, Prussia and Austria. The exhibition is both part of a series of projects undertaken under the initiative of the Polish Senate, that declared 2017 as the Year of Józef Piłsudski, and part of the preparations meant to mark in 2018 the 100th anniversary of regaining the independence of Poland.
Between 4-31 December, the Union Museum in Iași will also host an exhibition on yet another great Polish leader, general Tadeusz Kościuszko, to commemorate the death bicentenary of this great Polish and American hero, well known in the world for his fight for the values of freedom and equality of all races and nations.
“We wanted to call forth in Romania, already before 2018, when we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Polish state, the most important figures for the understanding of both the Polish history and modern Poland. I do hope that we have managed to achieve this goal by organizing this year a range of exhibitions, conferences and meetings all over Romania” explained director Skieterska.
Information on the activities organized by the Polish Institute in Bucharest can be found at: www.culturapoloneza.ro