On the 31 May 1899 the City Council of Kraków established the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. This means that we have now been listening to the citizens of Kraków and presenting the story of Kraków for 120 years!
All the events included in the celebrations of the 120th anniversary of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków will have a common objective—to take a look into the soul of Kraków's contemporary residents. Because this festival is dedicated to the people of Kraków!
We will attempt to find the answers to the following questions: Who are the contemporary citizens of Kraków? What does it mean to be a citizen of Kraków? Where and how are the inhabitants of a large city searching for their identity and what are their passions and tastes?
The development of an urban society and the changes in the urban fabric of a city with such a long and rich history is a topic which cannot be fully covered in a single exhibition. As a consequence, our project involves the participation of five branches of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków, which are usually studying the history and the culture of the city's individual districts: The Hipolit House, The Zwierzyniec House, The Podgórze Museum, The Old Synagogue, and the Nowa Huta Museum. As a result of their work we will obtain a picture of the citizens of Kraków in the second decade of the 21st century.
Przedmieszczanin (The Suburbanite)
15 February 2019–1 September 2019
The exhibition in the Zwierzyniec House is devoted to the suburbs and their inhabitants. It attempts to answers the question of whether contemporary Kraków has suburbs, and if so, where they are located and what their life looks like.
Nowohucianin (The Resident of Nowa Huta)
Museum of Nowa Huta
27 March–13 October 2019
The exhibition presents the story of the contemporary inhabitants of Kraków's post-industrial district of Nowa Huta. Particular emphasis was placed on the depiction of the difficult period of the 1990s, a time of systemic transformation, whose role in shaping the contemporary identity of Nowa Huta's residents has been marginalized for years.
Mieszczanin (The Citizen)
The Hipolit House
15 May–27 October 2019
The exhibition examines the myth of Kraków's historical bourgeoisie and questions the common stereotypes. It also inspires the viewers to pose questions concerning the contemporary citizens of Kraków: are they still prone to obscurantism? Are they a conservative group obsessing about history and longing for the past?
Podgórzanin (The Resident of Podgórze)
12 June–22 September 2019
The evolution from an industrial society to a post-industrial society changes the way in which we think about work and the people performing it. The exhibition therefore confronts the image of a Kraków factory worker from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries with a contemporary employee of the corporations growing in the vicinity of the Wawel castle. This comparison sheds light on the groups contributing to the foundations of the city's economic existence.
Kazimierzanin (The Resident of Kazimierz)
3 July 2019–1 June 2020
The Second World War and the Holocaust irreversibly changed the social fabric of the Kazimierz district. What remains is the centuries-old heritage of Kraków's Jews, which had been decaying and falling into disrepair for decades. In the 1990s Kazimierz started experiencing a revival, primarily due to the development of tourism. How do the contemporary inhabitants of Kazimierz find themselves in the midst of these changes? Who are they and where do they come from? The exhibition does not provide a complete answer to that question, but merely gives a certain view of the contemporary citizens of Kazimierz.