The exhibition will be an attempt to trace how was architecture after World War I influencing formation of identity of societies and young countries of central Europe.
The end of WWI marked a beginning of a new political order. One of its key elements was the emergence of new nation-states in Central Europe – both countries that have gained the ownership for the first time in the history, such as Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland, and also countries with new borders, such as Poland, Lithuania, or Hungary. Young countries building their identity were able to create their own unique image over short period of time. The crucial part of that image was pride of desired independence and building a sense of civic community. These processes are reflected in the architecture of the interwar period of 20th century.
The exhibition will be an attempt to trace how was architecture from that period influencing formation of new identity of societies and young countries of central Europe and expressing dreams of modernisation and the future. The exposition will present how these concepts were implemented in individual countries – modern urban solutions and examples of buildings rooted in local traditions will be shown.
The presented objects will cover archival architecture projects, photographs from the 20th century, films, and also visualisations and models of architecture designed in the 1920s and 1930s.
Curators: Łukasz Galusek, Żanna Komar, Helena Postawka-Lech, Michał Wiśniewski, and Natalia Żak