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Virtual Tour of Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland

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Date(s) - Thursday, August 6th
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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Jewish Museum Milwaukee is proud to present GLOBAL MUSEUM PASSPORT: Virtual Home Edition

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Travel to exciting destinations and visit venues around the world from the comfort of your couch with Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s new online adventure series, ‘Global Museum Passport: Virtual Home Edition’. Partnering with international colleagues, we will journey to different countries each month to tour special exhibitions, traverse historical sites, and view collection highlights. From Poland to the UK and Russia to Israel, expert staff will share their knowledge and insights, guiding you through unique museum experiences and bringing a distinctive dimensionality to your virtual excursions.

Virtual Tour of Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland

dsc0801-version-2Begin with highlights of the permanent exhibition, Traces of Memory, which offers a contemporary and thought-provoking look at Jewish Poland, reflecting many issues and processes rooted in the past, but influencing the future. You’ll see evidence of the diversity and richness of the Jewish world that existed in southern Poland – places connected with local Jewish history depicted not only as remnants of the past but also visible and important elements of the landscape of modern-day Poland.

Then tour the new temporary exhibition, Szancer, Imagine That!, which invites visitors into the imaginary world of famous Polish-Jewish illustrator, Jan Marcin Szancer. An institution in the realm of Polish children’s book illustration, Szancer’s colorful works for various fairytales are informed by the experience of both world wars and anti-Jewish repressions. Exhibit tours will be followed by a live Q&A with Galicia staff.

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About the Exhibits

Permanent exhibition: Traces of Memory

Traces of Memory offers a contemporary and thought-provoking look at Jewish Poland, reflecting a great deal of issues and processes rooted in the past, but influencing the future. It consists of contemporary photographs in colour, presenting Jewish heritage of Polish Galicia, taken by two photographers: Chris Schwarz, the founder and first director of the Galicia Jewish Museum, and Prof. Jason Francisco, artist, curator and essayist. The concept of the exhibition and all accompanying texts were created by Prof. Jonathan Webber. Through the Traces of Memory, visitors can see evidence of the diversity and richness of the Jewish world that existed in southern Poland, not only in major centres like Kraków or Tarnów, but also in smaller towns and villages located off the main routes and rarely visited by tourists. Synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and other places connected with local Jewish history are depicted not only as remnants of the past but also visible and important elements of the landscape of contemporary Poland.

To avoid inappropriate, stereotyped generalisations, the exhibition is divided into five sections. It offers a multi-layered, multi-dimensional set of perspectives on the subject. This transferred into five simple messages which the exhibition would like to suggest: sadness in confronting ruins; interest in the original culture; horror at the process of destruction; and recognition of the problems in coping with the past, including both the erasure of memory and also the efforts to preserve and memorialise the traces of memory. The last section focuses on some of the people who are involved today, in different ways, in honouring the memory of the Jewish past in Galicia, celebrating its culture and so contributing to the Jewish presence here  coming back to life – today’s Jewish revival. The present-day realities encompassed by this exhibition contain all these five messages simultaneously: ruins as well as restorations, absence as well as presence.

New temporary exhibition: Szancer, Imagine That!

This analogue exhibition invites visitors into the world of imagination of the famous Polish-Jewish illustrator, Jan Marcin Szancer. Jan Marcin Szancer is an institution in the realm of Polish children’s book illustration, and he is well-known to all who were raised on the poems of Julian Tuwim or Jan Brzechwa, and to all who read Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales.

Even though the illustrator is known mainly for his colourful works for various fairytales, his biography, which includes the experience of both world wars and anti-Jewish repressions, is far from a fairytale. The basic level of perception of the exhibition is aimed at children, but it also includes a second narrative directed at adults. It tells the story of Szancer’s fate and the complicated and dramatic experiences of Polish Jews in 20th century.

The visitors enter the world of Szancer: first, little Jaś who is just learning to draw; then Janek, a young man who is making his first steps in his career of an illustrator; finally, the respectable Mr. Jan who, in spite of his difficult experiences, even as an adult did not lose his childlike imagination.

Apart from several dozen of the most important and beautiful creations from Jan Marcin Szancer’s extensive body of work, the exhibition also includes installations created especially for the display: a closet with a double bottom, a locomotive with a whistle, or a wall of invisible fears. Thanks to this set design, visitors have a chance to feel more like heroes of a fairytale based on important events from the life of the famous illustrator, and to let their imagination run wild.

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