Parises of Another Europe
Meeting with Błażej Brzostek

  • Parises of Another Europe
    Saski Square

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Museum of Warsaw invite to the last debate as part of the seventh edition of Warsaw Under Construction festival. It is going to be a discussion about Warsaw and myths that collide with one another within reconstruction disputes, inspired by Błażej Brzostek's book "Parises of Another Europe".

The author compares Warsaw and Bucharest. Cities on the crossroads. Situated in "Another Europe", that is, in an undefined space between the East and the West. On the one hand, both cities were dubbed "Little Paris", but on the other hand, they were also classified as "Asian". They were described as “a combination of Cossack Sich with Saint-Germain Boulevard” or “the last outpost of the West, the first port of the Orient.” 

By quoting numerous, often astonishing narrations formulated by visitors and residents, Błażej Brzostek tells a story of two centuries of Bucharest and Warsaw. He writes about cities that gave up their character in favour of absorbing foreign models, only to look for their own identity over time. About strange Parises of Another Europe, accused of dullness, susceptible to influences, defending their originality.

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Other archival events from that cycle:

18:00 Guided tour Guided tour in PolishThrough the „Reconstruction Disputes” exhibition with Marcel Andino Velez Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw
12:00 Guided tour Guided tour in Polish Through the „Radical Pedagogies” exhibition Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
ul. Koszykowa 55, Warsaw
18:00 Performance Social workAction by Syrena Colective Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw
20:00 Finissage Finissage of the 7th WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION Festival Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw
13:00 Guided tour Guided tour with VarsoviansThrough the „Reconstruction Disputes” exhibition with Grzegorz K. Mika Former building of the 9th Klementyna Hoffmanowa High School
ul. Emilii Plater 29, Warsaw