Revival of a star. Matejko's Copernicus and history painting today

Jan Matejko’s ‘Astronomer Copernicus’ (1873) was, in some ways, the dying star of history painting.  While the painting was and remains iconic, the genre waned in the decades following its creation. Yet, Matejko’s star burns bright to this day and the legacy of history painting continues in some contemporary art. Christopher Riopelle, curator of ‘Conversations with…


Witold Pilecki: Auschwitz Volunteer Who Warned The World

In 1940, Witold Pilecki, a Polish Army officer and member of the Polish underground resistance, volunteered to be captured by the Gestapo. There were rumours that Auschwitz was a place of shocking brutality, but the Polish underground leadership needed someone on the ground to find out the real extent of the horrors taking place. Leaving…


Disinformation in Memory Politics: Practices and Ways of Prevention

As an instrument of political power, disinformation is as old as mankind but it has reached a different stage with the evolution of digital media and the intensification of global exchange. Infamous examples include the denial of historical events such as the Holocaust, the Gulag system, or the secret protocol of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, as…


The Volunteer with author Jack Fairweather and Clare Mulley

Writer and broadcaster, Clare Mulley, joins the Costa Prize award–winning author and journalist Jack Fairweather, to discuss the story of Witold Pilecki, a Polish cavalry officer and resistance leader during the Second World War. Pilecki was an amazing character whose life we should all know more about; a man who willingly volunteered to be imprisoned…



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