Anna Duńczyk-Szulc, Jakub Śwircz
Warsaw, Poland 2017. Booklet, 16 pp., cover illustration only, 25 × 17.7 cm. English.
Żydowski Instytut Historyczny (ZIH) (16 November 2017–18 March 2018).
An exploration of memory and architecture, as exemplified by the Museum’s building, located at 3/5 Tłomackie Street. This structure, which over the centuries has housed several Jewish institutions, served a variety of purposes, and witnessed much destruction and renewal, is seen as an enduring artifact that has resisted the aggression of time. Introductory text by Jakub Śwircz presents the exhibition’s core question—“how a building remembers”—and describes how it was explored through the works of three artists, each of whom reflected on how the past can remain an integral part of everyday life unless we allow it to slide into oblivion. Agata Madejska focused on the relationship with the Blue Tower, a new structure which has overshadowed the building since 1991, and its dynamic of memory; Ronit Porat selected items from the Institute’s collection and juxtaposed them with other artworks, seeking new interpretations for their meanings; Anna Orłowska presented an organic reading of the building by filling it with visual and sound material. Detailed description of each installation, followed by a listing of historical photographs of the building and its environs, and the Great Synagogue. Three additional texts on the history of Tłomackie Street: before 1914 (Paweł Fijałkowski), during the Interwar period (Agnieszka Żołkiewska) and during the Holocaust (Maria Ferenc-Piotrowska, Marta Janczewska, Justyna Majewska). 22 items.