On Monday 23rd June, 2014 in the seat of the Institute at 3/5 Tłomackie Street inaugurations of two exhibitions took place: „Hate speech. I exclude exclusion”and „Where is your brother? Imre Ámos and the 20th century”.
The vernissage was opened by Professor Paweł Śpiewak, who solemnly welcomed the invited guests, among others: Hungarian Ambassador dr Iván Gyurcsík, Minister Piotr Żuchowski, Director of the Hungarian Institute dr János Tischler and the curator of the Hungarian exhibition Pastor Adam Galambos. Then, Professor Śpiewak pointed out an important motif of marginalization that connects these two exhibitions. He also mentioned „genius loci” of our headquarters and emphasized that the JHI still remains the biggest research center of the Holocaust of the Polish Jews in terms of tradition.
Then, a speech was made by Secretary of State of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Żuchowski — also a honorary patron of the first of the exhibitions. Minister Żuchowski emphasized that through the presented works, the artists talk clearly about difficult subjects which exclusion and intolerance are. He suggested paying particular attention to the works of the winners of the contest „Hate speech. I exclude exclusion”. Later, during the opening, the laureates were given certificates by President of the Jury Milada Ślizińska. Then, the guests went to the first floor, where the exhibition of Imre Ámos was opened. Speeches were delivered by Hungarian Ambassador dr Iván Gyurcsík and the curator of the exhibition.
„The artworks presented here today more often bear testimony to a respect towards another human being than discrimination, and instead of anti-semitism they show humble way of dealing with the Holocaust, and because of it also a moral protest and nurturing hope. Apocalyptic, as it would seem, and painful works by Imre Ámos even in the most terrible reality, during the war and forced labour, retain lyrical character,” said Adam Galambos.
The vernissage was complemented by a performance of an outstanding Hungarian saxophonist and jazzman László DÉS.
Below, photos from the event.