The Museums at Night event at MOCAK
Every year, the Museums at Night event is organised in Poland: the most important museums are open until late at night, and visitors can view exhibitions free of charge. This year, MOCAK will participate in this event for the first time, just one day after its inauguration.
For the occasion of the Museums at Night, MOCAK has prepared a showing of 25 short films, selected from the archives of the Polish Newsreel of the People’s Republic of Poland. These fragments document artistic events in Polish art institutions between1950 and 1988. These newsreels will also be shown at the MOCAK opening ceremony.
The Polish Newsreel documented cultural events, including artistic activities. It reached out to mass audiences in an attempt to create an artistic mainstream and impose on the public an official interpretation of new artistic phenomena in Polish art.
During the night of 20/21 May 2011, MOCAK will bring back the memories of the artistic events recorded by the cameras of the Polish Newsreel. Our visitors will have a chance to see how the happenings of Tadeusz Kantor were reported at the time, or the exhibitions of Magdalena Abakanowicz or Alina Szapocznikow. We will be showing fragments of reports from the now-forgotten hits of seasons past. The audience will be able to watch the reactions of the audiences of the past and judge for themselves how much customs and ways of interacting with art have changed over time. In the programme of the Museums at Night at MOCAK there will also be films about Polish pop art, Władysław Hasior’s exhibition of 1966 , or the Elbląg avante-garde.
The Polish Newsreel show will take place in the MOCAK audiovisual hall, in the main building, during the Museums at Night event, Friday 20th May 2011, and will be repeated at 8.30 pm, 10 pm and 11.30 pm.