Jubilee Exhibition celebrates 200th anniversary of Ossolineum

The Jubilee Exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Ossolineum (1817–2017) is held at the Ossolineum from 5th June until 30th November 2017. The exhibition showcases the Ossolineum collection, including prints, documents, graphic arts and photographs reflecting the history and everyday life of the National Ossoliński Institute from the times of its founders until today.

The exhibition showcases the history of the Ossolineum in chronological order, including major events and figures that were pivotal for the history of the Institute from its foundation until today.

One great strength of the exhibition is that for the first time since the end of World War II it showcases some of the precious items from the collection of the former Lubomirski Museum in then Lwów, mainly historic weapons and archaeological monuments. The exhibits were made available by the Lviv Historical Musuem, the Stephanyk National Library of Ukraine and Lviv’s Museum of the History of Religion.  However, the Ossolineum is not only about its exquisite collection but also about great personnel and donors who are committed to promoting the idea of the Institute’s founders. The exhibition celebrates the daily life of the librarians and museum staff at the Ossolineum, their commitment to the Polish cause and involvement in the resistance, political activity, scholarship and literature. The exhibition also pays a tribute to the Ossolineum’s donors and their priceless bequests to the Institute's collection.

Venue: Ossolineum Main Building, ul Szewska 37  – Auditorium, Pod Kopułą Halls
Open to the public: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm

Curators: Łukasz Koniarek, PhD; Marta Pękalska, PhD
Lay-out: Professor Marek Stanielewicz
Produced by: Alicja Przestalska

Admission is free. 

Curator’s tour 

10th June 2017 at 12 pm “This library is like my only daughter waiting to get married...”

The history of the Ossolineum in Lwów 1817–1946. The curator’s tour brings the history of Ossoliński National Institute from the time of its founder Józef Maksymilian Ossoliński until World War II. The tour brings back to life the history of the division of the Institute’s collection and the transfer of selected exhibits to Wrocław, which we now know as the “bequest of the Ukrainian nation”.

Guides:

  • Łukasz Koniarek, PhD, Numismatic Department, Lubomirski Museum, Ossolineum
  • Marta Pękalska, PhD, Scientific Information Department, Ossolineum

4 pm “Wrocław happily embraced the books, the monuments to our language...” The history of the Ossoliński National Institute in Wrocław 1946–2017.

The curators are going to showcase the history of the Ossoliński National Institute from the transfer of some of its collection to Wrocław through the incorporation of the Ossolineum into the network of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, the restoration of the foundation in the 1990s until today.

Guides:

  • Łukasz Koniarek, PhD, Numismatic Department, Lubomirski Museum, Ossolineum
  • Marta Pękalska, PhD, Scientific Information Department, Ossolineum

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