Acquisition of the work "Museum" (1956) by Andrzej Wróblewski
Firs work in the collection acquired with the support of the Friends of the Museum
On the 1st of December 2009 the Friends of the Museum acquired the first work to the collection of the Museum of Modern Art - a gouache by Andrzej Wróblewski titled "Museum" (1956)
Wróblewski’s depiction of the eponymous Museum as a dissection table surrounded by a confused audience observing the human remains on display could serve as an excellent metaphor for the crisis of a holistic vision of the world, including the overall crisis of museums in the traditional sense. It can be seen as a point of departure for a modern museum grappling with the disintegration of the image of the world. Its task is no longer just to collect objects, but to link them together into a new whole, and assign sense to them by proposing a vision of the world. The gouache Museum was one of the first works acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and it still has a special place because it speaks directly about—and on behalf of—the Museum.