Krakow as a Tourist magnet – Schindlers factory and art

Tourists come to Krakow to see the altar of Veit Stoß ( ), the Wawel (castle) and because of Steven Spielbergs film Oskar Schindlers factory. The Schindler factory is for tourists the appendix of the old Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. Spielberg used the factory in 1993 for shooting his film, but not before the end of the first decade of 2000 the area around became attractive. The first Polish museum of contemporary art MOCAK (Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow) was planned, erected and established within the area of the Schindler factory. But because of the rotten structures of the buildings only a brick wall remained originaly behind a new glass wall.

the original wall of the Schindler factory as part of the Museums construction

the original wall of the Schindler factory as part of the Museums construction

The area around Schindlers factory needed nearly another decade to believe and participate in the updraft. The way to the Museum is like a jumping course on a construction field. Hugh apartment buildings surround the Museum.

new apartment buildings

new apartment buildings

 

not used for a new building till now

not used for a new building till now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MOCAK do not show-off. In a way it`s easy to oversee it with it`s anthracite faccade.

re-mus-einganglk-schindler-fabrikOn the left side of the photo you see the rest of the Schindler factory (white walls, but unknown weather authentic or not).

The MOCAK has two levels for exhibitions. The ground level is used for temporary exhibitions, the  underground level for the collection. The temporary exhibition (till end of September) acts with Medicine in Art.

the central exhibition hall

the central exhibition hall

The Operation seam at the wall is the reality side while the exhibtion poster use a photo of the French photographer Nicole Tran Ba Vang. Jumping from reality to phantasy and Imagination is a technique of curating and presenting in this museum.

Nicole Tran Ba Vang, 2001

Nicole Tran Ba Vang, 2001

My examples are the more fresh ones but the show starts with an old edition of the Diderot Encyclopedia.

death in a luxury version from the Moskow group AES+F

death in a luxury version from the Moskow group AES+F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from the collection in a separate part.

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