The Museum as a laureate of 2017 Sybilla Competition
We have a pleasure to inform that the jury of the 38th edition of the 2017 Sybilla Competition for the Museum Event of the Year awarded the State Museum at Majdanek the honourable mention in the category ‘Martyrological undertakings’ for an open-air exhibition ‘Districts of extermination.’ The awards ceremony took place on May 21 in the National Museum in Warsaw.
The Sybilla Competition organised by the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections aims at highlighting the most remarkable museum activities.
An open-air exhibition ‘Districts of Extermination’ was presented during the 75th anniversary of the closedown of German ghettos for Jews in Lublin. The exhibition consisted of 15 panels located in the Old Town in Lublin – in the place where one of the two ‘Jewish quarters’ existed in the occupied city. Historical photos and documents from Polish and foreign archives and private collections, as well as fragments of testimonies were presented at this exhibition. Krzysztof Banach is its author and Izabela Tomasiewicz is responsible for graphic design.
The objective of organising the exhibition in the authentic location of the former ghetto was to encourage reflection on the past of Lublin and to reach the people passing through the urban space. The confrontation of the past with the present in a form of a modern open-air exhibition is also an encouragement to engage in a direct dialogue with the audience, who usually come to this part of Lublin for other purpose. The viewer had a chance to compare the image of the past with the present surrounding.