Ordinary Things - Polish products 1899 - 1999
Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology,
ul. M. Konopnickiej 26, Krakow
organisers: “Beautiful Thing” Foundation - Department of Industrial Forms of the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts, ul. Smoleńsk 9, phone: +48 (12) 421 3145, National Museum in Warsaw
Furniture, china, glass, fabrics, metal objects, toys, motorcycles, cars, household items, sport and photo gear, radios, TVs, etc. - altogether about a hundred Polish products to be presented within the Ordinary Things (Rzeczy Pospolite) exhibition. The idea behind the exhibition is to present solely Polish mass-produced objects. These are either objects which were in common use, or ones that, despite the shortness of the series in which they were produced, marked their entry into the market as the originals or masters. This is how the exhibition becomes a certain record of the last century of Polish history, at the same time stressing the influence of the object on culture. Organisers of the present exhibition refer to two famous exhibitions of decorative art which were held in the National Museum in Warsaw in the 1940s: one of them even toured the world and would raise huge interest in Moscow and New York. The collection gathered at that time continued to be expanded over the decades, and in the year 1979 it became the original part of the Centre of Modern Design established at that time by the Museum. Towards the end of the century, the Centre in cooperation with the “Beautiful Thing” Foundation operating at the Department of Industrial Design of the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts accepted the challenge of digesting the Polish artistic and industrial design of the passing century and presenting it in a nutshell. The designers of the objects included in the presentation were both famous artists of great renown whose number includes Stanisław Wyspiański, Stanisław Witkiewicz, Kazimierz Brzozowski, and Władysław Strzemiński, as well as those less known and designers known only within their professional world.
Following the exhibitions held over half a century ago, the present one will probably become a beginning of a larger collection. It will certainly be found inspiring as well as moving not only by the oldest visitors, as it will help them recollect objects we have often forgotten, having replaced the ones that used to serve us in our daily life in a most natural way with more perfect or fashionable ones.
Supported financially by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage