The First World War completely changed East-Central Europe. Upon the ruins of four old empires, a dozen or so new countries appeared and almost all borders were redrawn, often in course of continued military conflicts, which lasted even until 1923. After having suffered very high losses, the region started rebuilding and modernising efforts. A New Europe was established.
The new outdoor travelling exhibition created by the ENRS focuses on these turbulent years. Over 200 archive and multimedia materials – pictures, maps and films together with individual stories of people who lived back in these times – present a complex yet coherent picture of New Europe established in Central-East part of the continent after the Great War.
The exhibition tackles an important event a century later and makes the case for why it is important for understanding not only Second World War but also East-Central Europe today.
Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Consultant of the exhibition
The exhibition tells a story about the creation of a new political order. The contrast between the old and the new is built thanks to the use of two materials - rigid steel contrasts with a light, bright fabric.
Andrzej Jaworski Jaz Plus Architekci - designers of the exhibition