Architecture of independence in Central Europe

9 November 2018 - 10 February 2019

Architecture of independence in Central Europe

Place International Cultural Centre, Rynek Główny 25, 31-008 Kraków, POLAND
Organizer International Cultural Centre in Cracow
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The end of the First World War marked the beginning of a new political order in Europe. One of its key elements was the emergence of nation states in Central Europe – both the ones that gained independence for the first time in history, such as Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland, as well as those with new borders, such as Poland, Lithuania, or Hungary. It also brought significant changes of existing frameworks of political and economic life. Wartime destruction, shifting borders, and a new political reality left a mark on the development of culture and the forms of architecture created in this part of the continent in the following decades.

However, in Central Europe, the interwar period was not only a time when new offices, hospitals, stadiums, monuments, roads, and houses were erected. Architecture of that period was, above all, an effort to construct an imagined community of the nation and to inscribe it into space. This was a great desire for a new order, system, and organisation.

Works featured at the ICC exhibition will include archived architectonic designs, photographs from the period, films, visualisations, and models of structures designed in the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition is subsidised by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage within the frameworks of the multi-annual “Niepodległa” Programme for 2017–2022.

Curators: Łukasz Galusek, Dr. Żanna Komar, Helena Postawka-Lech, Dr. Michał Wiśniewski, Natalia Żak