They fill no space an exhibition on the memory of Polish Jews to open in Oslo This September

    They fill no space an exhibition on the memory of Polish Jews to open in Oslo This September

    Aug 28, Oslo: POLIN Museum and HL-senteret present an innovative outdoor exhibition devoted to the history of Polish Jews, will be organising an exhibition of murals devoted to Jewish themes and commemorating Poland’s Jewish past. 

    According to the organisers, the exhibition"They fill no space", stands as a commentary on the situation in contemporary Poland, where heated discussions about Polish–Jewish relations abound despite the fact that there are hardly any Jews left.

    After the year 2000, dozens of exceptional large-format murals appeared  in Polish cities to commemorate local Jews. Most of them were conceived as a way of filling the empty space left by the disappearance of Jews from the Polish landscape. They are also a sort of revolt against inaction, the long years of eradicating Jewish presence from Polish consciousness, forgetting it and passing it over in silence. They are produced by small groups of urban activists who wish to remind their fellow residents of their former Jewish neighbours. Thanks to these large-format images, despite the absence of Jews in Poland, millions of Poles may encounter them on a daily basis.

    The exhibition presents a selection from the one hundred murals found all over Poland. In several sections devoted to different themes, we tell a fascinating story of reviving the memory of Polish Jews in  public spaces. 

    Museum of the History of Polish Jews
    POLIN Museum in Warsaw is a modern cultural institution, a narrative museum presenting the 1000-year history of Polish Jews. It is also a meeting place for all those eager to learn more about Jewish culture, confront stereotypes, and face the challenges of today’s world, including xenophobia and nationalist prejudice. By promoting openness, tolerance and truth, POLIN Museum contributes to the mutual understanding and respect among Poles and Jews. It is the first institution in Poland to be created within the framework of a public-private partnership by the state, the City of Warsaw, and a non-governmental organization. The museum has won many prestigious, international awards, including the European Museum the Year Award in 2016 and the European Museum Academy Award.

    The exhibition will be open to the public between 7 September and 13 October 2017 in Oslo (on 7-25 September at HL-senteret courtyard, Huk Aveny 56) and between 27 September and 13 October at Nobel Peace Center courtyard, Brynjulf Bulls Plass 1).

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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