On February 5-8, 2017, Asylum Arts and POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews collaborated on a 4-day retreat in Warsaw, Poland. The Poland Retreat for Jewish Artists brought together 31 emerging artists to learn from local and international industry professionals, working artists and from each other. The retreat helped bring together an international group of multi-disciplinary Jewish artists to explore the unique history and culture of Poland, and create an artist community founded on reciprocity and inclusivity to build the Jewish cultural landscape. We also helped inspire artists to explore Polish-Jewish topics and ideas in their creative work.
The retreat was held at POLIN Museum of the Polish Jews and at other locations in Warsaw. It included community building, the opportunity to share and discuss each artists’ work with cultural professionals, visits to key cultural and Jewish venues in Warsaw, and an exploration of the resources of POLIN including the residency program. The retreat also included peer learning, and opportunities to discuss common issues facing artists, particularly within the Jewish cultural context.
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is one of the most modern cultural institutions in Poland. It offers a profound experience and promotes new standards of engaging with history. It recalls and preserves the memory of the history of Polish Jews; contributing to mutual understanding and respect among Poles and Jews, as well as European and global societies. The core exhibition, which is the heart of the POLIN Museum, is an interactive 1000 year history of Polish Jews. It presents the history and culture of Polish Jews from the Middle Ages until contemporary times and takes visitors on a journey in time through contact with historic artifacts, reconstructions, and interactive multimedia. POLIN Museum also offers temporary and mobile exhibitions, concerts, performances, debates, films as well as workshops for adults and children.