New exhibition at Chinese Cabinets – restoring the memory of the collections of Stanisław Kostka Potocki and his descendants

New exhibition at Chinese Cabinets – restoring the memory of the collections of Stanisław Kostka Potocki and his descendants.

In 2019, a new exhibition commemorating the collector's passions of Stanisław Kostka Potocki and his descendants will be opened at the Wilanów Palace.

Stanisław Kostka Potocki, Anton Graff, Karlsbad, 1785; Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów

In the exhibition, we will present objects from the Wilanów Far East collection, previously hidden in warehouses. Visitors will be able to admire craftsmanship products made of ceramics, glass, as well as lacquers and mixed techniques. An important event will be the presentation of a unique table in the nanban style, made in the 17th century in Japanese workshops, which regained its shine thanks to careful conservation, preceded by tests conducted by specialists in the workshop of the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów.

The exhibition will be enriched with educational content related to the history and conservation of this unique piece of furniture, presented at a modern multimedia stand. One of the important scientific and educational events connected with the new exhibition will be the international seminar “Nanban. Far East. Close Art”. In the seminar, we will present the results of research and conservation work carried out in recent years on a priceless monument and its importance for the Wilanów collection.

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The new arrangement for the Chinese Rooms will combine the exhibition on the south floor of the southern wing of the palace with the recently opened modern Warehouse Gallery in Markoniówka. The updated exhibition will expand and supplement the most important narrative themes in these rooms, which will clearly emphasise the interests of the successive owners of Wilanów and their fascination with oriental art.

The interior design by Dr Barbara Kowalewska refers to the decoration and furnishing of Chinese Cabinets carried out by Stanisław Kostka Potocki on the first floor of the main body of the palace in the first quarter of the 19th century. Archival photographs of these rooms will be presented in supplementary material to the exhibition.

The implementation of the project requires numerous conservation works and the implementation and installation of a modern museum display: display cases, showcases and lighting for the safe presentation of valuable collections, as well as a multimedia stand. The implementation of this stage would not be possible without financial support from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, thanks to which it is possible to purchase specialised display cabinets, lighting and a multimedia stand in 2019.

Exposition next to the Chinese Cabinets before the change of the arrangement, photo by A. Indyk; click on the picture to see more photos

The Museum continues the idea of making as many objects as possible available to the public. In 2018, the Warehouse Gallery was opened to the public. The arrangement of the new exhibition is the next step on the path to presenting historical collections in an attractive way, while at the same time meeting the requirements of modern preventive maintenance and thus simply safe for monuments.

The task “New Exhibition at the Chinese Cabinets – restoring the memory of the collection of St. K. Potocki and his descendants" was financed from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Fund for the Promotion of Culture.

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