Lviv, 24th June 1937. City, Architecture, Modernism

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:00 PM - Sunday, April 8, 2018

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:00 PM - Sunday, April 8, 2018

Caught up in their everyday lives, did the residents of one of the most important cities in the Second Polish Republic envisage the forthcoming end of an era, described by Stefan Zweig in his book The World of Yesterday. Memories of a European? The exhibition at the International Cultural Centre Lviv , 24th June 1937. City, Architecture, Modernism recalls the period described by the “Sygnały” magazine in 1934 as “a time of general global disarray in a brief interval before the inevitable”. The two decades in the life of free Poland was a time of rapid development of the multicultural city (today in western Ukraine) which quickly became an important cultural and academic centre in central eastern Europe. It was the dawn of the idea of “Great Lwów” inspired by contemporary urban concepts. Strong local traditions, avant-garde abstractions and rational form and functions all came together to create an image of a metropolis flourishing in spite of the global crisis. The exhibition presents models of Modernist buildings and examples of designs by the Lwów architecture school of the interwar period. Paintings, prints, photos, films, postcards and posters all recall the atmosphere of the lost city. (Dorota Dziunikowska, "Karnet" monthly)

International Cultural Centre

Rynek Główny 25

This historical mansion on the Main Market Square is more than just a place where research and educational projects are conducted, as it is an important venue for major presentations of art.

The International Cultural Centre (ICC), the first state institution of culture in Poland established after the fall of the Iron Curtain, was launched to support cultural integration in Europe and to carry out activities furthering the protection of cultural heritage. The scientific and educational projects conducted here, and the publications and exhibitions organised concern a vast array of questions from the essence of European civilisation, via national stereotypes, national identity in the face of globalisation, collective memory, the multiculturalism of Central and Eastern Europe, the place of Poland in Europe, to the cultural heritage and the new philosophy of its protection, and the phenomenon of a historical city. The institution has made its home in the modernised historical mansion in the Main Market Square. The ICC Gallery organises temporary exhibitions, frequently based on original phenomena in art and architecture of the previous century.

Tickets: normal PLN 12, concessions  PLN 7, family PLN 20


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