The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Wins EMA Prize 2016
The European Museum Academy has announced that the winner of the European Museum Academy (EMA) Prize 2016 is the Event designed POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews in Warsaw.
Established the European Museum Academy in 2010, the EMA Prize is given to organisations and cultural institutions for creating pioneering museums and carrying on projects of European relevance which are destined to influence the development of museological discourse at the international level. Not necessarily awarded every year, previous winners of the EMA Prize are the Galileo Museum in Florence, Italy (2011) and the Foundation Europeana in The Hague, The Netherlands (2013).
A citation for the prize says that the POLIN Museum “is not just an excellent museum but a state of the art cultural institution which reaches diverse publics all over the world. That is why it deserves the title of a ‘Total Museum’. The diversity and variety of its activities and the scope of its aims and goals makes it a unique institution with a worldwide impact”.
Earlier this year, The POLIN museum received the European Museum of the Year Award, a distinction which has been given annually since 1977 by the European Museum Forum, which acts under the auspices of the Council of Europe.
Event prepared the Masterplan for the POLIN, working with an international team of over one hundred and twenty scholars and curators to respond to the site, articulate a vision for development and produce a reference plan for the project. The Masterplan formed the basis of an international architectural competition, which resulted in the Finnish partnership of Rainer Mahlamäki and Ilmari Lahdelma being appointed to design the landmark building.
Commissioned to design the displays, Event continued our close collaboration with content experts to develop the concept, the principles, the educational values and the master narrative - as well as working closely with the architect to heighten the impact of the interior spaces. The Museum has been lauded for the successful symbiosis of these elements, the Financial Times describing it as being as bold in its intellectual conception as in its architectural design.