In King Matt’s Poland: The 100th Anniversary of Regaining Independence

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  • cultural history
  • heritage
  • social history
  • history
  • drawing & prints

What can we do to make everybody happy? How should we arrange the state so that all its citizens are content? Is it easy to govern a state? These are the questions posed by Matt, protagonist of the book King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak.

POLIN Museum of History of Polish Jews invites children and adults to a meeting with the 10-year old king, which will surely prove to be an unforgettable adventure. Together, they will seek answers to the questions concerning the labour of governing a state. Thanks to fairy tale-like illustrations by Iwona Chmielewska, visitors will enter the world of Korczak’s novel. They will “put on the shoes” of the little king who has to take the throne and arrange anew a war-torn country, experiencing various trials and tribulations in the process.

On the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence POLIN wishes to help children understand the role of citizens in building a state, and to make them realise that they too can make an impact. That is why an attractive space of creative action awaits our visitors. Thanks to numerous games and activities that stimulate imagination—a voting machine, a kaleidoscope or scales to weigh a state budget—POLIN ponders questions such as: what is power? Is it ok to share it? What are reforms about? How much they cost? And do they always prove effective?

In the last section of the exhibition POLIN gives the floor to children. Artist Iza Rutkowska invited them to talk about who looks after the state, and created a unique installation with them.

The exhibition ‘In King Matt’s Poland: the 100th Anniversary of Regaining Independence’ deals with issues that are most vital and concern each and one of us. It provides a space for intergenerational debate, individual discoveries and for gaining experience through action.