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Announcements / 1 August – 16 November

ANTIQUE OBSESSION. 19TH-CENTURY COLLECTIONS OF ANTIQUITY

After a few-months delay caused by the pandemic, the Museum of the University of Wrocław opens a new exhibition called “ANTYKOMANIA. Dziewiętnastowieczne kolekcje starożytności” (Eng. ‘Antique obsession. 19th-century collections of antiquity’) in Sala pod Filarem (‘Room under the Pillar’) from 1st August 2020 to 16th November 2020.

From the second half of the 18th century, the blooming period of collecting antiques reflected the epoch that was imbued with philhellenic ideas – a political and cultural phenomenon  manifesting itself through increased affection for Ancient Greece. This movement was pioneered by Johann Joachim Winckelmann’s publication ‘Gedanken über die Nachahmung der griechischen Werke in der Malerei und Bildhauerkunst’ in 1755. His remarks, together with excavation works in Pompei, Stabiae, and Herculaneum, as well as with discovering Greek temples in Ancient Paestum resulted in veritable antiquity obsession that lasted throughout the whole 19th century. The objects presented in the exhibition are grouped according to three categories representing three main currents in Europe: extensive collections gathered by aristocrats (who in 19th century were displaced by national museums), private philhellenic collections, and universities collections.

The aristocratic collection presents pieces gathered by Helena Radziwiłłowa (1753-1821), the philhellenic collection is based on the collection of Eduard Schaubert’s (1804-1860) antiques, and the set of antiquities and their modern copies is represented by the collections from the University of Wrocław and the Jagiellonian University.

In addition to the collections from the University of Wrocław and the Jagiellonian University, the exhibition consists of collections from the National Museum in Warsaw, the Museum in Niebołów and Arkadia, and the Archeological Museum in Wrocław.

The curators of the exhibition are Dr Agata Kubala and Dr Urszula Bończuk-Dawidziuk.

Contact information:

The Museum of the University of Wrocław

Room under the Pillar (‘Sala pod Filarem’)

Uniwersytecki Square 1

50-137 Wrocław

Phone: +48 71 357 26 18 (office)

Published by: Dariusz Tomaszczyk

4 Aug 2020

last modification: 4 Aug 2020