[CANCELLED] Magic socialist realism? - promotion of the new issue of the quarterly "Herito"

2020-03-16, 6:00 p.m.

Magic socialist realism - a joke or a hypothesis? After over fifty years, are we able to look at socialist realist heritage without emotions? Which projects have stood the test of time? We invite you to promotion of the latest issue of "Herito". The conversation will be attended by prof. Jacek Purchla, editor-in-chief of the quarterly and Anna Syska, researcher and promoter of 20th-century architecture. The discussion will be led by Łukasz Galusek.


In the new "Herito" we sketch a subjective atlas of socialist realist architecture in Central Europe, we recall the history of the construction of the famous Marshal's Housing District, we talk about the iconic realizations of one of the most mysterious figures of post-war architecture - Bohdan Pniewski. We also look at the first Polish socialist-realist building entered in the register of monuments, we wander to Kraków's Nowa Huta, Ostrava Poruba, Eisenhüttenstadt and Prievidzy, we look for forgotten socialist-realist monuments in the countries of former Yugoslavia. In addition, we take Soviet orientalism and rhetoric of socialist optimism to the workshop and, together with socialist realist artists, we contemplate the cosmos. More information about the issue:

Prof. Jacek Purchla - Founder (1991) and director (until 2017) of the International Cultural Center in Krakow; head of the ICC European Heritage Institute. In the years 1990–1991 vice president of Krakow. Active member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences; head of the Department of Economic and Social History at the Cracow University of Economics. Chairman of the Jagiellonian University University Council. He conducts research on urban development, social history and art history of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as theory and protection of cultural heritage. From 2015, chairman of the Polish UNESCO Committee; in the years 2016–2017 chairman of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. From 2018, vice president of Europa Nostra.

Anna Syska - researcher and promoter of architecture, deals with the cultural heritage of the Silesian Voivodeship, especially architecture of the 20th century. She is the author and editor of numerous articles and publications on pre-war and post-war architecture.

Łukasz Galusek - architect and publisher, from 2018 deputy program director at the International Cultural Center in Krakow. He deals with the culture and art of Central Europe, especially the relations between space, memory and identity.