Symbols and clichés

In the first issue, entitled Symbols and clichés, we give a critical airing to notions connected with national ideologies and political myths and their functions, and look also at their various reflections in art, architecture and the landscape. The material and non-material heritage of national ideology built up over the past two centuries continues to influence the collective imagination of our societies today. What is the nature of this symbolism in our times? Is it a burden of our age, a colourful tourist product or a shared heritage? In these days, does my hero have to be your enemy?

The theme we have chosen for this issue is by no means exhausted in its content. We hope you find that these discussions, opinions, reflections on new and recent exhibitions and books, and examples of successful cultural projects and modern institutions operating in the broadly defined field of heritage combine to produce an interesting panorama of culture from our region of Europe.

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      Jacek Purchla

  • Symbols and clichés
    • 4
      How we see each other. Images and prejudices of nations in Central Europe
      Csaba G. Kiss

    • 14
      The mythological foundations of history
      Anda Rottenberg

    • 30
      Painting, cinema, and the Teutonic knights
      Ewa Mazierska

    • 44
      Battlefields as places of memory in the history of Europe. A sketch
      Mathieu Olivier

    • 56
      Let's see! – a survey

  • Interviev
    • 70
      The art that wasn’t here
      Ewa Chojecka

      Professor Ewa Chojecka talks to Łukasz Galusek

  • European Capitals of Culture
  • Ideas in Practice
    • 118
      A multimedia acropolis
      Łukasz Galusek

  • Reflections, Impressions, Opinions
    • 128
      We laugh for we believe that the world can be changed
      Helena Postawka

    • 132
      So close, so little known
      Maria Poprzęcka

    • 138
      Over the counter
      Krisztina Szipőcs

    • 147
      Memory and politics
      Agnieszka Sabor

  • By Myself
    • 150
      A Triestine triptych (1)
      Łukasz Galusek