Museum of the History of Polish Jews Wins European Museum of the Year Award 2016
The European Museum Forum has announced that the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award is the POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews in Warsaw. The Award was presented in San Sebastian on Saturday, 9th April in front of representatives of museums throughout the 47 countries of the Council of Europe. This is the third Event-designed museum to have received this prestigious award. Others were Glasgow’s Riverside Museum in 2013 and the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin in 2002.
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.
“The long-shared history between Jewish people and other people of this region of the world is one of a continuously negotiated co-existence through conflict as well as cooperation, integration and assimilation,” the European Museum Forum said, in giving the award. “For very large and very diverse audiences, the Polin now serves as an absorbing place to confront and examine the perpetually relevant questions of how a co-existence, however fraught, can suddenly transfigure into an absolute rupture, into the near eradication of a whole population and destruction of a culture.”