Re-Opening of Part of The National Museum in Szczecin Exhibitions

Two branches of The National Museum in Szczecin - The Museum of Contemporary Art and The Seaside Narrow-Gauge Railway Exhibition are going to re-open.

 

Technical monuments in the Gryfice open-air museum can be seen since the nearest Monday (May 18th, 2020).

The temporary exhibition "Living in the Present Future" in the museum building at ul. Staromłyńska 1, including the famous Superflex large format neon sign "We are all in the same boat", will be available since Tuesday (May 19th, 2020).

Visits will be possible if following the rules sanitary regime consulted with the Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Szczecin.

The museum online store is also re-opening next week.

The Seaside Narrow-Gauge Railway Exhibitionwill be open every day, from Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The open-air railway museum will be made available, the pavilion exhibition will remain closed. Entering the museum will be possible only with protective masks, after disinfection of the hands. Tickets can be purchased at a properly secured ticket office, payment only in cash. The museum will require a safe distance from other visitors. Museum employees are required to regularly disinfect common rooms.

The National Museum in Szczecin - Museum of Contemporary Art with the temporary exhibition "Living in the Present Future" will be available to visitors between 10.00 A.M. and 4.00 P.M., except for Mondays and Thursdays. At the same time, 10 people will be able to stay in the building, others will be asked to stay outside it. Entrance to the museum will only be possible with protective masks, hand disinfection will also be required. The ticket office (where the exhibition catalogue can be purchased) has been properly secured. Payment only in cashless forms. The cloakroom will be closed. Disinfection of publicly available parts of the building (door handles, handrails, etc.) will be carried out regularly.

The online bookshop of The National Museum in Szczecin is re-opening next Tuesday. Again, it will be possible to order, with home delivery, books published by The National Museum in Szczecin and other. The offer includes several new products as well, among others an album prepared in cooperation with the Museum and published on the occasion of the 777th anniversary of granting Szczecin city rights, entitled "Szczecin in Pictures, Pictures of Szczecin".

 

 

THE SEASIDE NARROW-GAUGE RAILWAY EXHIBITION
Gryfice, ul. Błonie 2

The origin of Gryfice exposition of narrow gauge railways was a fleet withdrawn from service in the Pomeranian Commuter Railway, mainly from Gryfice, Białogard and Dobra near  Nowogard, since late 1970s set by the Gryfice station.

Four locomotives and a carriage from 1899 gave rise to an open-air museum. It was officially opened on Railwayman Day on September 8, 1978, on land adjacent to the depot (today's Rewal Coastal Narrow Gauge Railway workshops). That exhibition, gradually expanded with additional exhibits, operated a total of fifteen years. Its legal status was not fully determined. In theory, it was owned by PKP (Polish National Railway), practically by Railway Museum in Warsaw, which in turn was owned by PKP, what made a vicious circle.

The open-air museum was created by the Pomeranian District State Railway Management (DOKP) in Szczecin, Town and Municipality authorities of Gryfice, the Polish Army, with the involvement of the local community. The initiator of the creation of the museum and its first director was Zdzislaw Kopera, a retired railway worker, longtime head of the Szczecin Harbour Central Station and head of the Pomeranian Commuter Rail Administration of DOKP in Szczecin.

In 1987–1993, on a boggy meadow next to the railway warehouses, a plot has been paved, tracks were put and platforms were built. A still working turntable was moved there. There was created a temporaryexhibition building made of a set of joined parts of aluminum barracks. The works were financed largely with funds of Pomeranian DOKP. Some of them were made as so-called social acts (volunteer works), including supplies of electricity, land improvement, and even the project (by employees of Railway Project Office in Szczecin).

In 1993, the museum was formally transformed into a permanent exhibition of Pomeranian Narrow Gauge Railway, a branch of the Railway Museum in Warsaw. Since then two permanent exhibitions have been presented: "Narrow Gauge and Regional Railroads of Western Pomerania 1894–1945" and "Narrow Gauge Rail of Western Pomerania since 1945". In two halls, on forty boards, there was presented richly illustrated history of railways, with particular emphasis on the whole region of Western Pomerania. A complement of these presentations were models of locomotives, carriages and railway equipment.

On 1 April 2010 the current exhibition at the Narrow Gauge Seaside Railway Exhibition in Gryfice was included in the structure of the National Museum in Szczecin as part of the Maritime Department. Beside the platforms there are exposed over a dozen locomotives and motor carriages and dozens of passenger cars, trucks and specialized facilities and equipment for heavy maintenance and repair cars, turntable, signaling equipment, etc. The collected objects are inseparable from Western Pomerania and have a unique character, as track gauge was 1000 mm here, while the other narrow-gauge railways standard was 750 mm. Their history in large part starts at the beginning of the last century. Some survived two world wars and two revolutions, the drive changes from stem into the diesel and electrical and liquidation of commuter railways. Thus they constitute a "fossil record" of human material culture, inextricably linked to the economic development of the region. Their value is two-fold: firstly, today there are only few of them (we expose almost all that remains of the rolling stock which used to operate in 594 km of the line), and secondly, some of them, like Spielberg's dinosaurs, can come to life.

 

 

LIVING IN THE PRESENT FUTURE
Muzeum Narodowe w Szczecinie – Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej
ul. Staromłyńska 1

Amid a revolution in technological discoveries, both the notions and the definitions of human and humanity are changing faster and more radically than ever before.

As scientific advances reveal the depth of relations – simultaneously hybridized and symbiotic – between human and non-human life forms, this refined view is one of essential unity. As much material as mental, their impact on the body is matched by their ability to alter perception. The ensuing anthropological discussions are underscored by a vivid ecological debate on the planetary threats facing humanity in the Anthropocene age. Suggesting as they do a significant turn in perceptions of status, role, and responsibility, this is a phenomenon that resonates strongly in Contemporary Art.

The National Museum in Szczecin and Bornholms Kunstmuseum have prepared a joint exhibition and publication project with participation of over a dozen artists from Poland and Denmark who in their artistic practice take up the theme of redefining humanity and of its future, emphasizing an ever-stronger fusion of body and consciousness with technology (Roman Lipski, Amalie Smith, Lea Guldditte Hestelund); those who are familiar with man’s close relationship with nature and non-human life (Artur Malewski, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Emil Westman Hertz), and those focusing on the ethical and existential dimensions of life in a rapidly changing world (Izabella Gustowska, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Peter Frimand, SUPERFLEX).

Using the appropriate for art tools, the primary goal of thi exhibition is to enhance recognition of the widespread reflection on these topics in the field of contemporary humanities.

The exhibition is accompanied by Polish-Danish-English publication prepared by the curators in co-operation with invited scientists: Izabela Kowalczyk (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań) and Jacob Wamberg (Aarhus University).

 

"Living in the Present Future” 
The National Museum in Szczecin – Museum of Contemporary Art: 24.01–30.08.2020

Artists: Izabella Gustowska, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Roman Lipski, Artur Malewski, Lea Guldditte Hestelund, Emil Westman Hertz, Peter Frimand, SUPERFLEX, Amalie Smith

Curators: Marlena Chybowska-Butler, Magdalena Lewoc (The National Museum in Szczecin), Mathilde Renberg (Bornholms Kunstmuseum)