Project Name: Permanent Exhibition of the Centrum Dialogu Przełomy in Szczecin
Location: Square Solidarnośc, Szczecin, Poland
Area: 1 000 m²
Client: National Museum in Szczecin
Project description: The concept for the permanent exhibition of the Museum "Dialogu Przełomy" (Museum of the Turning Points) in Szczecin is based on the historical milestones of Western Pomerania and its inhabitants from the post war period till today.
The spatial arrangement and conceptual division of the main exhibition is based on the major historical events "breakthroughs" that led to the fall of the iron curtain in 1989. 21 exhibition rooms are arranged to tell the post war history of Szczecin on a local and national level. Individual stories of citizen of Szczecin relate to the broader context of the history of Poland. The circulation through the museum is arranged chronological and is based on the four main elements of the exhibition, the "turning points", December 1970, August 1980 (martial law), July 1988 and June 1989.
The exhibition design is based on a strong scenography to tell the story with help of atmosphere and emotional spaces.
The exhibition starts with the symbol of the crack, that reoccurs throughout the whole exhibition. The crack, that increases constantly in each chapter of the exhibition stands for the gradual decline of socialism, the growing strength of the people and the way to freedom. The exhibition features many bigger exhibits like a car, a paddy wagon or a BTR, which are carefully set in scene to create the biggest effect.
The finale that is arranged in the high space right before the exit has the abstract shape of a bird, that is made of hundreds of particles coming out of a big crack in the floor. These particles represent the people of Poland.
Only together they changed the system and achieved democracy and eventually freedom.
The metaphor of the bird refers to the Polish national emblem, an eagle - a symbol of the independence of the Polish state. The installation is an allegory of fighting under the banner of Solidarity of people who, together changed the country. The visitor is located in the epicentre of change.