Zakopane the cultural capital of the mountains of the world

From June 9 to 11, the Tatra Museum will host a “Mountain Panorama”, a three-day exchange of experiences and research topics by representatives of museums and institutions from ten countries.

The Tatra Mountains

Mountain panorama arranged on the occasion of the International Year for the Sustainable Development of Mountains 2022 from kl. Zakopane Tatra Museumwith Mountain partnership (United Nation Alliance) e Imma (International Mountain Museums Alliance) – will connect the activities of museums, institutions and people related to mountain areas around the world for a few days. Representatives from 10 countries, from four continents, will meet at Zakopane – the Polish capital of the Tatra Mountains – to exchange experiences and talk about the research topics they work on.

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Tatra Museum, meeting place for the conference

The conference

The conference begins Thursday, June 9th in the main building of the Tatra Museum, following the annual Imma Assembly scheduled for this morning with the election of the new president and coordinator for the next three years on the agenda. The first event will be a debate about the activities of mountain museums. During the debate, moderated by Giovanni Kezich, former director for decades of the Museum of Uses and Customs of the Trentino People of San Michele all’Adige, participants will reflect together on the mission of mountain museums and their future. Guests to the debate will be: Livingstone womanfrom the Canadian Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff (Canada); Michelle Huwiler, Alpine Museum in Bern (Switzerland); Julita Izabela Zapruckafrom the Karkonosze Museum e Anna Wende-Surmiakfrom the Tatra Museum.
The second part of the afternoon takes place at Villa Koliba, a detached seat for the museum, where it will be inaugurated Stele. Stengud, an exhibition with works by the artist from Aosta Valley Donato Savin.

Friday, June 10th it will be the day of plenary sessions with reports on several topics. Prior to the participants’ presentation, the opening speech will be by Dorota Folga-Januszewka, from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, which will illustrate the functions of museums in the modern world. Two blocks of interventions will take place simultaneously, with speakers ranging from museum collections, to exhibition methods, to activities in the mountain areas. The presentations will deal with various aspects of the highlands’ cultural heritage. Finally, another debate that will bring together associations and organizations operating in mountain areas whose common goal is to protect and enhance their heritage. The meeting will be coordinated by Aldo Audisioformer director of the National Mountain Museum in Turin for four decades, whom he invited Rosalaura Romeo Mountain Partnership – United Nation Alliance, based on FAO in Rome; Angelo Schenawho will represent the IAMF – International Alliance for Mountain Film; Nahuel Uria for Red-Fa – Red of Patagonian Audiovisual Festivals, Miłosz Jodłowski of the Polish Mountaineering Association ed Emilia Pomiankiewicz-Wagner for Imma – International Mountain Museums Alliance.

Saturday, June 11th the conference will shed light on the cultural heritage of the mountain areas from an artistic and architectural point of view. The history of wood carving and wood construction in the Polish Tatra region are some of the topics that will be covered. This will be followed by the third debate dedicated to the mountains in the periodicals press and sector magazines. The meeting is chaired by Bernard Germaineditor-in-chief of the French magazine Mountains and mountaineers and world-famous filmmaker who invited journalists and directors of major newspapers to participate: Luca Calzolari, editor of the magazine Mountains 360; Agnieszka Szymaszek from quarterly Tatry; Maciej Kwaśniewski from the magazine Taternik and the Italian journalists Leonardo Bizzaro And Roberto Mantovani.

The group’s concert takes place in the evening Trebunie-Tutki of Zakopane and the Georgian Quintet Urmula by Tbilisi, which will engage the audience with the exceptional energy flowing from highland music from Poland and Georgia. The artists will present a joint project, the Mountain spirit, which brings the public into the world of the Tatra Mountains and the Caucasus. The concert begins the 100th anniversary celebration of the Tatra Museum’s main building, which was inaugurated in July 1922. The event takes place outdoors in the newly renovated main building of the Krupówki Museum. There Youth Highlander Orchestra “Jutrzenka” from the Tatra Cultural Center in Zakopane will act as support.

The conference is organized by Aldo Audisioexpert in international projects; Rosalaura RomeoMountain Partnership Secretariat e Anna Wende-Surmiak, director of the Tatra Museum. With the Scientific Committee of Dorota Folga-JanuszewskaWarsaw Academy of Arts; Bernard Germain, magazine Mountains and mountaineers; John KezichTrentino Ethnographic Museums Network; Jan Swięch, Jagiellonian University. The overall coordination was followed up by Emilia Pomiankiewicz-Wagner.

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Staging of the exhibition

The exhibition

“This exhibition is a momentary appreciation of contemporary artistic expression in an alpine region of the Aosta Valley (Italy). This is a project in line with the choices of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane, an institution that is always open and aware of international collaborations “, declares Anna Wende-Surmiakdirector of the Tatra Museum.

The sculptures will complement and integrate the themes of the conference. The exhibition Stele, stone god by Donato Savin. Works by an artist from the Aosta Valley, curated by Aldo Audisio, it will be inaugurated June 9 and stays open until September 30th.
Savin comments:

“I am happy to have the opportunity to take my stone gods away from my mountains, I also like to do that because the invitation came directly from an important Polish national museum. So it is not a simple operation of regional improvement, but a rare event of international significance. Certainly not a bit for an artist; a great recognition for my long and careful work ‘.

The sculptures will be installed in a fascinating place, under the trees in front of Villa Kolibaone of the Tatra Museum’s prestigious sites, and partly within it
With this initiative, Savin presents his surprising works to the Polish public, extraordinary interpretations of the connection between the human figure and nature in one of its strongest elements. In fact, it is the stones in the Aosta Valley that, with a few skillful and targeted interventions, are transformed into ethereal and dreamy female figures that evoke distant places, soaring atmospheres, exotic costumes, sumptuous dresses.
Like all people who are used to living in close contact with nature, Savin is first and foremost one most skilled observer. Of the landscape, of the animals, of its mountains. This is the only way to explain his subtle attention in the choice of monoliths and the details he has to intervene in. Its stelae then get a new physiognomy and, removed from their natural habitat, they confront themselves with urban landscapes and exhibition spaces. In their essential verticality, however, when they reach out to the sky, they confirm with force, from time to time, their origin. The acid green of the lichen mixes and contrasts with the veins, the porosity of the stone, its weak hardness, the thin furrows tell us about the mineral composition of the rock.

“The idea of ​​the frames – remember the artist – I came to the Archaeological Museum of Aosta, I saw in the forms of elongated rock deities of stone, and I began to look for pieces of slate of the type, with the natural crack, with the surface dotted with lichen. My works are open to any interpretation. I see gods, mostly female, ascending; when I am no longer there, they will witness my transition to earthly life. ”

Today, his works are kept in private collections, in museums or are permanently located in open public spaces. From today also in Zakopane, so far from the Epinel and the Cogne Valley.

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