Amber. Baltic treasure - exhibition at Museum in Gliwice


The beginning of autumn will be exceptionally beautiful this year - from October, the exhibition halls of Willa Caro in Gliwice will be illuminated with its glow... The Gold of the North. The latest temporary exhibition of the Museum in Gliwice "Amber. "Treasure of the Baltic Sea", which will open on October 7, 2023, is the first exhibition in Silesia (and even in Poland, from an interdisciplinary perspective) presenting this naturalium in such a multidimensional and contextual manner, excluding the existing, widely known permanent presentations in the Amber Museum - Branch of the Gdańsk Museum, the Castle Museum in Malbork or the Amber Museum in Jarosławiec. The exhibition will feature approximately 300 various objects, of which over 200 were loaned from several dozen Polish museum institutions (including royal residences), church collections, university collections, research institutes and private collections. Many of them have never been presented to a wider audience before. The curator of the exhibition is Robert B. Bartkowski, art historian, museologist, curator in the Department of Art and Artistic Crafts of the Museum in Gliwice. During the event, he will also give five thematic lectures combined with a curator's tour. The exhibition will last until January 7, 2024.

The exhibition is accompanied by an educational and workshop offer for schools and individuals.

At the opening of the exhibition "Amber. Treasure of the Baltic Sea” at Villa Caro in Gliwice, we invite you on October 7, 2023 (Saturday) at 12.00. The opening will include a curatorial tour and a lecture by Robert B. Bartkowski entitled "The unknown collection of amber cimels from the collections of the former Silesian Museum of Artistic Crafts and Antiquities in Wrocław until 1945 and its further fate" at 2 p.m.

At the exhibition, we present cimelia from Polish collections, which is intended to emphasize the popularity of the Golden of the North, which appeared in medieval princely treasuries, modern Italian studios and imperial kunstkamera. We are exhibiting many of them for the first time in the history of these works, accompanied by high-class goldsmith objects, paintings, graphics and other natural objects. The exhibits will include: souvenirs of Polish kings (a heart-shaped sentimental gem belonging to Anna Jagiellon or an amber cup (the so-called kulawka) associated with Sigismund III Vasa), modern wonders of amber artistic craftsmanship from the two most important centers at that time - Gdańsk and Królewiec, archaeological objects, nature, old prints about amber and many other exhibits representing the period from modern times to the present day. Of course, there will be works from one of the largest museum collections of artistic jewelry in Poland, managed by the Museum in Gliwice, accompanied by modern works by today's amber and goldsmiths from other outstanding collections. Full variety! The fact that in one exhibition we can see royal treasures, natural inclusions and the statuette of the Amber Nightingale belonging to Stanisław Soyka should not surprise anyone - amber is more embedded in our culture than we think. This is also what this exhibition is about

– says Robert B. Bartkowski, curator of the exhibition.

The presented collections, in addition to the collection of the Museum in Gliwice, come from several institutions in the country, private owners and research institutes, including: the Wawel Royal Castle Museum, the Wawel Cathedral Treasury, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw, National Museum in Warsaw, Jagiellonian University Museum in Krakow, Malbork Castle Museum, Gdańsk Museum, National Museum in Kielce, ISEZ PAN Museum in Krakow, PAN and PAU Libraries in Krakow and many others.

The exhibition was held under the honorary patronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship Jakub Chełstowski, the Mayor of Gliwice Adam Neumann, the National Heritage Institute and the National Institute of Polish Cultural Heritage Abroad POLONIKA.

Organizer: Museum in Gliwice

Director of the Museum in Gliwice: Grzegorz Krawczyk

The International Amber Association and Bursztynisko became the patrons of the exhibition.

Media patronage: TVP Kultura,, Radio CCM

From October 7, 2023 to January 7, 2024, Villa Caro

Amber. Treasure of the Baltic Sea

Curator: Robert B. Bartkowski

Director of the Museum in Gliwice: Grzegorz Krawczyk

Organizer: Museum in Gliwice

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