Young Poland: An Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890-1918
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The Young Poland movement emerged in the 1890s in response to the country’s non-existence for almost a century. It embraced an unprecedented flourishing of applied arts and the revival of crafts, drawing inspiration from nature, history, peasant traditions and craftsmanship to convey patriotic values.
Young Poland: An Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890-1918 is an international research and knowledge exchange project led by the William Morris Gallery (WMG) and National Museum in Kraków (NMK), delivered in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute, London (PCI), and in association with publisher Lund Humphries. It is co-financed by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage within the framework of the Inspiring Culture Programme.
Through a book and exhibition, the project examines the decorative and applied arts of the Young Poland (Młoda Polska) period in the context of the international arts and crafts movement, particularly the work of William Morris, John Ruskin and their followers in Britain. The book was published on 1 December 2020, ahead of a major exhibition on the subject at William Morris Gallery in Autumn 2021.
The project is run by three Young Poland Project Curators – Julia Griffin (née Dudkiewicz), William Morris Gallery, Professor Andrzej Szczerski, National Museum in Kraków, and Roisin Inglesby, William Morris Gallery in collaboration with the Overall Project Manager Kamila Hyska (NMK).