Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with great pleasure that I would like to invite all architectural design teams to enter our competition for the visual design concept of the permanent exhibition at the Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek. I firmly believe that the experience will not only be an exciting challenge, but also a highly valuable experience, and that the winning team’s cooperation with the museum complex staff will result in a modern, dynamic and thought-provoking exhibition which will instill a sense of respect for history and tradition.
Józef Piłsudski played a prominent role in the history of Poland and belongs in the pantheon of the nation’s greatest heroes. In the decisive times for Europe - times of the Great War - he led thousands of Polish military volunteers fighting for freedom of their homeland that was divided by the partitioning powers. His activity in the international political arena resulted in Poland regaining its statehood and Piłsudski himself emerged as one of the major contributors to the long-awaited Polish independence. He led the army of the revived Poland, secured and strengthened its boarders, only to build the foundations of its sovereignty and integrity. He also commanded the victorious army in one of the key battles in world history, where he inhibited the expansion of the Bolshevik Russia to the West. A two-time Prime Minister and de facto leader of the country, he supported the idea of increasing Poland’s power and ensuring its stable growth. He was the initiator of activities aimed at the creation of a civic community. He also promoted solutions directed at generating widespread social activism, which was in line with the idea of reinforcing the state structures at their very foundations. He stood behind the reform of the system and established the strategic direction of Poland’s domestic and foreign policy. This led to the enactment of a new Constitution, whose provisions turned out to be crucial for the stability of Polish authorities. The values he cherished and adhered to are remembered to this day – that of a free, sovereign and independent Poland, and a Poland which is part of the democratic Western world, where justice and social equality prevail. These aspirations are still much alive and have become an integral part of Polish society and political tradition. They defined the attitudes and actions of the Polish society of the 20th century. To some extent, these same values of Piłsudski’s battle for freedom were at the heart of the victorious anti-Communist fight of the “Solidarity” movement, concluded with the turning point of 1989. Not surprisingly, for most Polish people these days, Józef Piłsudski remains a figure of considerable standing, acknowledged as a significant element of their national heritage and identity, which is reflected in the number of monuments and streets named after him. Even today, Marshal Piłsudski’s legacy remains symbolic of the national aspirations of Poland.
In 2008, on the 90th anniversary of Polish independence, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Foundation of the Family of Józef Piłsudski established the Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek, an initiative to commemorate Józef Piłsudski’s life and pass his legacy on to further generations. In 2011, the Council of Ministers adopted a long-term government programme which guarantees resources for the construction of the Museum facility and permanent exhibition space.
The complete exhibition will be held within the newly constructed museum and educational facility in the area of the historic enclave of Sulejówek, in close proximity to the historic “Milusin” Manor, which was home to Józef Piłsudski, his daughters and wife. The museum complex created in this way will constitute an area reflecting a multidimensional correlation between the Museum, presenting the Marshal’s life and accomplishments against the historical background, and the Manor, which is connected with his private life. We hope that the proximity of the renovated “Milusin” Manor will be reflected in the proposed exhibition projects, in order that the authentic interior of the Manor and the new exhibition complete the story of the hero and together form a complete narration.
Considering the scale and nature of the undertaking, we would be most interested in cooperating with a team of skilled designers who share our passion for understanding the past, and most importantly, who are able to present it in a visually appealing way. We would especially like the convention adopted in the design to be based on a combination of museum exhibits and iconography, reconstruction and spatial solutions, executed in a way that would appeal to all senses. Our aim is to create an exhibition where the exhibits, the scenery techniques, and the multimedia are utilized in a way that ensures balance between the form and the content. We believe that when we join forces with the winning team, we will be able to bring our concept to life and build an exhibition that will serve both educational and entertainment purposes, as visitors will be able to learn about Józef Piłsudski’s life within the context of his own times.
The works connected with the construction of the museum complex and the exhibition have been scheduled to be completed shortly before the 150th anniversary of Józef Piłsudski’s birth, which falls on 5 December 2017. As the idea of commemorating the legacy of the renowned Chief of State and the first Marshal of Poland is held under the patronage of the highest authorities of the State, some of its representatives are expected to attend the grand opening of the new Museum.
I would like to invite you to come forward with your ideas and designs for the visualization of the fascinating story which we would like to tell in the Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek. This is a unique opportunity to become part of the process of creating a nationally relevant place on the map of Polish cultural institutions and a chance to participate in a socially meaningful undertaking. Once again let me invite you all to participate in the competition for the design of the permanent exhibition. I wish you the greatest of luck in tackling this unique task with the greatest of creativity and unbound enthusiasm.
Director of the Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek
Sąd konkursowy obradujący w dniach 28 i 29 kwietnia wyłonił zwycięzców Konkursu na opracowanie koncepcji plastyczno-przestrzennej Muzeum Józefa Piłsudskiego w Sulejówku. Sześć prac konkursowych, które wpłynęły na konkurs zostało poddanych wnikliwej analizie przez grono sędziowskie złożone z artystów, edukatorów, historyków i muzealników.
Przewodnicząca Sądu prof. Dorota Folga Januszewska oraz sędziowie Janusz Byszewski, Sławomir Idziak, Krzysztof Jaraczewski, Radosław Kacprzak, Ewa Klekot, Piotr Majewski, Grzegorz Nowik, Allan Starski, Wojciech Tomczyk, Marcelo Andino Velez i Jakub Woynarowski zdecydowali przyznać I Nagrodę, dwie równorzędne III Nagrody oraz jedno wyróżnienie pieniężne.
Laureatem I Nagrody zostało konsorcjum firm WXCA Sp. z o.o. (lider), RALPH APPELBAUM ASSOCIATES, INC. Zweigniederlassung Berlin i PLATIGE IMAGE S.A.
Sąd Konkursowy uznał, że praca zaproponowana przez konsorcjum najlepiej spełnia większość wymogów stawianych wystawie stałej. Projekt wypełnia i rozwija wytyczne konkursowe oraz harmonizuje trzy najważniejsze cele wystawy: poddawany stałej interpretacji historycznej i emocjonalnej przekaz treściowy, proponuje przyjazną formę przestrzenną ekspozycji pozwalającą na budowę opracowanych narracji poszczególnych fragmentów, podkreśla znaczenia oryginalnych eksponatów muzealnych w kontekście innych metod prezentacji, w tym multimedialnych i rekonstrukcyjnych. Uznano ponad to, że praca proponuje rozwiązania sprzyjające edukacji i aktywności zwiedzających w najlepszy sposób.
Sąd konkursowy nie przyznał II Nagrody ze względu na to, że dwie kolejne pod względem punktacji prace odbiegały sposobem i jakością prezentacji od projektu, któremu przyznano pierwszą nagrodę.
Dwoma laureatami III Nagrody są firmy DECO-BAU Sp. z o.o. oraz NIZIO DESIGN INTERNATIONAL Mirosław Nizio.
Wyróżnienie zostało przyznane konsorcjum firm: PRACOWNIA KONSERWACJI ZABYTKÓW „ARKONA” Spółka z o.o. (lider); BIURO PROJEKTÓW PKZ ARKONA Sp. z o.o.
Publiczna prezentacja prac konkursowych nastąpi w ramach planowanej wystawy pokonkursowej, po uprawomocnieniu się decyzji sądu konkursowego.
Zgodnie z przyjętymi procedurami postępowania, po uprawomocnieniu rozstrzygnięcia Sądu Konkursowego, Muzeum zaprosi autorów co najmniej dwóch najlepszych prac do negocjacji bez ogłoszenia, w wyniku których wyłoniony ostatecznie zostanie zespół projektujący wystawę stałą Muzeum.
3.02.2015 Zmiana harmonogramu konkursu
As of August 2014, a hundred years have passed since Józef Piłsudski led a regiment of riflemen to the Kingdom of Poland, thus going down in Polish history. Since that time, the phenomenon of the future Marshal has invariably inspired the imaginations of politicians, feature writers, experts from many areas of science, and encouraged them to explore the depth of his personality. To this day, he remains a fascinating person, and provokes discussions on his role in shaping the history of Poland and Europe of the 20th century. The still-growing collection of publications analysing everything from the various aspects of Józef Piłsudski’s personal and political activities to the reception of his ideas of independence in the later years, numbers in the thousands. He has inspired authors and artists like, with countless sculptures, drawings, paintings and literary works created in his honour, these works being from some of the most accomplished Polish writers and artists, including Wojciech Kossak, Konstanty Laszczka, Jan Lechoń or Czesław Miłosz.
There is, however, one part of the story of Józef Piłsudski that is still missing – a museum exhibition that would thoroughly present both his accomplishments and who he was as a person. The multitude and complexity of the content, as well as the diversity of the available sources, artistic renditions, and mementoes of the hero, all pose a unique but fascinating challenge.
His biography amazes and astounds. At times, it seems almost improbable. He had come a long way before finally being able to say: “Soldiers! You have the honour of being first to go (…) and fight for the liberation of your Homeland” - words that he famously spoke in August 1914, in Oleandry near Cracow. These words were the first step in the fulfillment of his long-cherished dreams of an independent Poland. And it was then that he became a recognizable leader for his fellow countrymen.
He was born on 5 December 1867 in Zułów [Zalavas] in the Vilnius Region, a scion of an old and noble Lithuanian lineage. His family held close to their hearts the idea of a free Jagiellonian Poland, its tradition of the pursuit of independence, as well as the painful memory of the January Uprising. With this background, he joined a gymnasium in Vilnius which was renowned for its anti-Polish agenda. It was in this place that his defiance, and objection to trampling on the values that had been instilled in him in childhood, were born. Thus spurred events in the aftermath of which he was exiled for five years in Siberia, where he matured as a young man. Time spent with insurgents of the January Uprising and socialists – representatives of a new political trend – shaped his views. Soon after returning to Vilnius, he completely devoted himself to the resistance activity of the Polish Socialist Party. It was a turbulent and dynamic period in his life. For years, persecuted by the tsarist militia, living in hiding, on the run, with no home, he tirelessly managed the underground newspaper „Robotnik” [The Writer], by means of which he was able to reach working class communities. He was gradually strengthening his position among the socialists. Following his arrest and a cleverly-plotted escape from the Warsaw Citadel, Piłsudski became an almost legendary person. And yet he still remained an underground activist known only by his pseudonym. It was also then that his excellent organizational skills surfaced, as well as a strong personality and boldness in setting seemingly unattainable goals and constant striving for their fulfilment whenever an opportunity arose. He did not think twice when he saw an opportunity in the conflict between Japan and Russia. He did not give up seeing the failure of turning the revolution of 1905 into a national uprising. Instead, he drew conclusions and changed his tactics.
Unlike the more realistic-thinking politicians of the time, he took to build the foundations of a national army. Thorough studies of historical events, as well as an accurate analysis of the political context, enabled him to make predictions of the course of events. A self-taught expert in the military science, endowed with leadership talents and operational awareness, he stepped on the front line of World War I, already commanding respect of the experienced generals, and a boundless trust of his Legionnaires. After Poland regained independence, he confirmed his strategic genius yet again, when in August 1920, he commanded as Commander-in-Chief a superbly-planned operation, which prevented the Red Army from moving any further West. It was one of the greatest victories of the Polish army in the history of Poland.
A man of action, Piłsudski became a politician somewhat out of necessity, not that he did not have the necessary qualities or immense support of the people. He held top offices in the country, as the Chief of State and, after 1926, as two-time Prime Minister. In the critical years of 1918–1921, he was able to talk the two feuding political fractions into cooperation, which enabled the creation of the foundations of a strong, modern country, capable to fight for retaining its independence. He despised politicking. His romantic vision of a free, democratic Poland whose people work together turned out to be little more than a pipe dream. The fierceness of political conflicts and the shock caused by an attempt on President Gabriel Narutowicz’s life made him retreat from political activity. He settled with his family in Sulejówek, in the house which he received as a gift of gratitude from his soldiers. He returned to writing, of which he was a master, and which enabled him to support his family. At the same time, he actively participated in public life, often participating in debates going on in the press, gaving speeches, and meeting the Legionary communities. He was deeply concerned about the country’s difficult political and economic situation, and out of concern, he made a sensational decision. In May 1926, he took power after staging a military coup, which for him meant breaching of his so dearly-cherished democratic principles.
He made his comeback to the political scene, emerging as the most influential person in the country, and he began to set the direction of its future development. Just before he died, he signed a new Constitution, whose provisions turned out to be of key importance for the stability of Polish authorities that became essential during World War II and the period following its end.
He died on 12 May 1935 at Belweder. He was buried at Wawel, and his heart, according to his will, rested in Vilnius. He died as a statesman, knowing that his legacy was a country of great potential, yet he also sensed a threat approaching. And even though Marshal Piłsudski’s fears became reality and the Second Polish Republic was crushed by two aggressors – the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany – his spirit and ideas survived. The endless attempts of the Communist authorities to erase them from the collective memory of Polish people proved futile. Poles fighting for freedom of their country until 1989 had been adhering to these ideas for many years. At present, not only is Józef Piłsudski is one of the most recognizable historical figures, but he is also considered one of the most outstanding leaders in the history of the Polish nation.
“Milusin” Manor house was Józef Piłsudski’s first residence and real home after spending his childhood in the Zalavas Manor in the Vilnius Region. Several dozens of years following the loss of his family property, when Piłsudski was still an underground activist, soldier, politician, and a man with no home address, the house in Sulejówek became for him a truly private area, a quiet enclave accessed only by close friends and family, and a small group of collaborators.
"Milusin" Manor house - a gift from Żołnierz Polski – was built thanks to donations from Piłsudski’s former comrades on lands purchased in 1921 by his future wife Aleksandra Szczerbińska. A cosy, yet somewhat austere house constructed according to the design of Kazimierz Skórewicz, designer of the Polish Sejm building, became the primary family dwelling, whereas they had previously resided at the nearby “Drewniak”, a well-preserved small summer house.
The garden surrounding the Manor, the vegetable garden, and the small orchard with beehives were especially important for the occupants of the Manor. A peaceful family life far from the hustle and bustle of the capital provided a relaxed atmosphere for creative work. It was in Sulejówek that Piłsudski wrote his books, including Rok 1920 [Year 1920] and Wspomnienie o Gabrielu Narutowiczu [The Memories of Gabriel Narutowicz] – the first President of the Republic of Poland, whose tragic assassination resulted in the Marshal’s retreat from the political scene, which was a stark contrast from his idea of a young, independent democracy that he had envisaged.
The Historic Enclave of the town of Sulejówek, its central point being the history of the “Milusin” Manor, serves to present a broad biographical and historic background, which shall be visualized by means of a permanent exhibition in a newly constructed Museum building. The narrative stories of these two places shall complement one another. The home of the Piłsudski family, with its surroundings, shall serve as something of a “time capsule” – an area enabling visitors to experience an authentic, atmospheric interior, filled with memories of its past inhabitants and the atmosphere of the 1920’s.
Located in the neighbouring area, the new educational/museum building shall be constructed among pine trees, thus enabling the preservation of the unspoilt historic landscape. Constructed so as not to dominate the surrounding areas, the Museum complex shall provide space for a rich historical experience and coexist in harmony with its integral part – “Milusin”. The home of the Piłsudski family – also a home in a much broader sense – his own place in a free country, which regained its independence after the period of 123 years of partitions, is a powerful and distinctive symbol and an icon in his story (read more in Appendix 2.1 to the Rules: The Idea and Programme of the Józef Piłsudski Museum. A detailed presentation of the concept.).
The Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek, a modern institution open to embracing the public, is based on the idea of social participation. The concept of the Museum is based on two material pillars: the “Milusin” Manor and garden, and the educational/museum building including a separate exhibition space, which is designated to be constructed in the park surrounding the Manor, former home of the Marshal’s family. Our activities are centred on Józef Piłsudski, whose life and accomplishments are presented against a broad historical background. The various forms of our activity reflect the main characteristic of our mission, which is to involve visitors to participate in co-creating the Museum experience. Considering the current lack of a permanent exhibition, we strive to reach wide audiences where they live, bringing our educational projects, social events and outdoor exhibition to communities nationwide. In this way, we are able to connect both history enthusiasts and those people who perhaps are not used to visiting museums and who may not typically consider museum programmes interesting – we invite all to share the experience with us.
Of high priority to us is our activity in Sulejówek. Our programme for guests visiting “Milusin” and our neighbours, inhabitants of Sulejówek, includes a variety of exhibitions, lectures, meetings, educational and cultural projects, and community events.
The Museum is created and founded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Józef Piłsudski Family Foundation. The Museum complex is scheduled to open in November 2017.
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Founder of the Creative Education Lab at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. He has over 30 years of experience in organizing artistic and professional workshops for museologists, artists, ecologists, teachers, and psychologists. Executor of dozens of artistic-social projects in Poland and abroad. Culture animation lecturer at the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw. Author and co-author of many books, including „Tutaj jestem” [“I’m here”] and „Inne muzeum” [“A Different Museum”], as well as films and utopian novels. Since 2012, Director of the independent „Muzeum w drodze” [“Museum on the Road”] project.
Hab. Ph.D. Expert in art history, museologist, art critic. Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Director of the Institute of Museology and author of the programme for museology studies at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw (2008-2014). In years 1979-2008 worked at the National Museum in Warsaw (first as Assistant, later as Director). Member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), President of the Polish National Committee of ICOM and the MOCO/ICOM technical committee, Member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). EU expert in museums and the National Science Centre expert for the European project Joint Programming Initiative. Cultural Heritage and Global Change. Member of numerous scientific, advisory and museum boards. Author of more than 300 publications, including books on art theory, 20th Century art, and museology, as well as of the programmes of more than 50 exhibitions.
Cameraman, director, teacher, and scriptwriter. Lecturer and Professor at film academies in Berlin, London, and Copenhagen. He has cooperated with artists such as Krzysztof Kieślowski, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi and Wojciech Marczewski. He received an Oscar nomination for cinematography in “Black Hawk Down” – award of the American Film Academy, of which he is currently a member. Author of cinematography for over 60 films, including: „1920 Bitwa Warszawska” [“Battle of Warsaw 1920”], “King Arthur”, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”. Honoured with the The Order of Polonia Restituta.
Architect. Director of the Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek since its establishment in 2008.
Architect and co-author of architectural concept for Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek.
Anthropologist and translator, graduated in archaeology and ethnology at Warsaw University, received doctoral degree in humanities, specialization in art studies, by the same University in 2002. Teaches at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of UW, since 2011 has been teaching anthropology in design at School of Form (SWPS) in Poznań. Has translated many works by leading anthropologists, art historians and social scientists into Polish, among them Ruth Benedict, Mary Douglas, David Freedberg, Zygmunt Bauman, Anthony Giddens, Victor Turner and Marcel Griaule. Main research interests: material culture, anthropology of design, anthropology of art, especially visual arts, vernacular forms of artistic expression and heritage studies.
Historian, the Director of the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections. He graduated from the Faculty of History at the Warsaw University. He also completed his Post-graduate Museological Studies at the same university as well as the School of Journalism, of the weekly „Polityka”. In 2010 he received the Historical Book Publishers’ Alliance “Klio” award in the category of Varsaviana for his work “Ideology and Conservation. Historical Architecture in Poland in the times of socialist realism”. In the years 1995 – 2009 Piotr Majewski worked in the Royal Castle in Warsaw, most recently as a curator of the Historical Studies Center. Then he was the deputy director of the Cultural Heritage Department at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Since 2011 he has been the editor-in-chief of the yearly “Muzealnictwo” [Museology]. Piotr Majewski is the author of many publications, as well as a film consultant, and the co-author of many exhibitions.
Prof. Hab. Ph.D. Researcher at the Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek and at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, lecturer at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Member of the boards of the Museum of Warsaw Uprising and the Military Museum of Białystok. For many years, he was a science editor for „Przegląd Historyczno-Wojskowy” [“Historical-Military Review”]. Author of several works devoted to the most recent history of Poland, including „Zanim złamano >>Enigmę<<… Rozszyfrowano rewolucję. Polski radiowywiad podczas wojny z bolszewicką Rosją 1918–1920” [“Before Enigma was Broken, Revoution was Decoded. Polish Radio Intelligence During the Bolshevik War of 1918-1920]. Two-time winner of the “Klio” Award for his contribution to historical research, and winner of the Jerzy Łojek Award. Harcmistrz [highest scout instructor rank in Poland] at the Związek Harcerstwa Rzeczypospolitej [Scouting Association of the Republic of Poland], and community volunteer.
A hugely successful production designer in his native Poland, Allan Starski still resides in Warsaw from where he travels the world to lend his talents to International filmmakers.
In 1987 he got Emmie nomination for „Escape from Sobibor“ art direction. In 1993 he designed the sets for Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” for which he was awarded an Oscar, a BAFTA nomination and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Production Design.
In the past decade he has designed the sets for numerous international movies, the most notable being “”Europa, Europa”, “Washington Square,” the Polish film ”Pan Tadeusz” for which he won the Polish ‘Eagle’ Award, “ The Body” and „The Pianist” , Roman Polanski’s award-winning story of courage and survival in the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. His work on this production won him a French ‘Cesar’ Award and another Polish ‘Eagle’ Award.
His credits include “”Euro Trip”, “Oliver Twist” and “ Young Hannibal”.
Recently he did Art Direction to Fatih Akim international production „The Cut“
Anthropologist, deputy director of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, its co-creator since 2007. Graduated in anthropology and ethnology at Warsaw University. For several years he worked as editor-at-large and art writer at “Przekrój” weekly magazine. He wrote and published both in the Polish and internationally, covering art, architecture and socio-cultural topics. Member of the Mayor of Warsaw’s Board for Culture.
Theater play wrighter, scenarist and film producer, author of theatre plays e.g. “Nuremberg”, “Vampire”, “Inka 1946”, “The Officer”, “Righteous”. His plays have been translated into a few languages and are performed abroad e. g. in the underground Belarus Free Theatre. He has been awarded and nominated several times. He is the co-author of exhibition in Polish National Pavilon for the World's Fair held in Hanover (EXPO 2000).