SUCCESS ON A EUROPEAN SCALE

The design team headed by Joanna Serdyńska comprising: Agnieszka Chudziak, Katarzyna Skowron and Karolina Wołoszyn-Cymbalista developed a project entitled: Historic drying room building renovation and conversion for cultural purposes as well as fire protection for the Papermaking Museum complex in Duszniki-Zdrój together with a conservation and digitalisation of collections. In 2014, this project - as one of only a few in the country - received funding with the scope of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and Norway Financial Mechanism for 2009 - 2014 (Conservation and revitalisation of cultural heritage Programme). The subsidy amounted to 6,682,490 zł and the overall value of the task stands at 9,562,660 zł. The Dolnośląskie Province Local Authority provided the required own contribution. The awarded amount shall be used for:

 

-     installation of a modern building fire fighting system with the use of water sprays; 

-     conversion of parts of the drying room building not currently in use;

By the same the museum will gain additional exhibition space; new interiors will be used to prepare exhibitions devoted to the art of paper and history of banknotes; modern equipment for verifying banknote authenticity, seminars under an enticing name “Is that note a fake” - also for the blind and those with impaired vision, workshops on the creation of water marks as well as specially prepared paper reliefs are just some of the surprises in store for our guests (more information during the conference); the former drying room building will also see the establishment of a workshop room which will allow us to accommodate even more individuals interested in the medieval art of papermaking;

-     conservation of museum collections and their digitisation and making collections available in the public domain.

 

 For more information see http://www.eog.gov.pl/english/Strony/main.aspx

SUMMARY OF THE 2014 PAPER FESTIVAL

The idea to organise the Paper Festival dates back to the start of the 21st century, with only a few hundred people taking part in the first festivities held in 2001. Subsequent years brought new attractions and the number of event participants was on the increase. The 14th festival saw nearly 10 thousand visitors, who toured the historic paper mill, the exhibitions on show and took advantage of the numerous attractions put together by Papermaking Museum staff together with Agata Daniel - the event’s coordinator.

Workshops demonstrating papermaking and decorating techniques from the days gone by awaited the guests who could also stroll amongst numerous artists and craftsmen stalls making real works of art out of paper.

Events and competitions proved to be greatly popular. The first, for the Mondi Świecie S.A. President’s prize (the largest paper manufacturer in Poland) was aimed at families and required significant skill and even strength. Children were tossing a paper roll at a target and parents were lifting paper barbells and were tossing a newspaper ball as far as possible. The second contest - for the Papermaking Museum director’s prize - was the stage for a competition between those with serious knowledge on the paper mill, Duszniki and Ziemia Kłodzka. Designers of memorabilia competed for the Dolnośląskie Province Marshall’s prize - with the souvenir originality and their relation with Dolny Śląsk being judged. Furthermore, children were discovering the nooks and crannies of the paper mill in a contest entitled “In search of paper”.

The sought - conversations with leaves exhibition by Joanna Stokowska was the artistic event of the festival. The artist creates her works using specially prepared leaves, which once stuck together and dry turn into beautiful images.

On Saturday evening the museum’s courtyard was the venue for a concert by the Dom o zielonych progach band, eagerly awaited by numerous sung poetry and travel songs fans.

We look forward to seeing you next year!


THE 13TH PAPER FESTIVAL IS HERE!!!

The thirteenth Paper festival took place on 27 and 28 of July. The event has become one of the more important dates on the summer calendar in the historical Kłodzko Land, anticipated by numerous tourists. The aim of the festivities has been to popularise knowledge about paper, its history and significance in the modern world (it is difficult to imagine an ordinary day without paper). During the event we also promote the paper mill in Duszniki, which is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Poland.

The 13th edition was abundant in Japanese accents, and as such was called the “Japanese Dozen”. On Saturday, Yasu Suzuka, a distinguished artist presented the workshop for his exhibition : “Reincarnating shirts - shirt’s Nirvana”, we opened his “Wind mandala” exhibition and listed to KOTO in the hands of Katarzyna Karpowicz, a Japanese instrument, being played by a graduate of Japanology. There was on opportunity to make a KOKESHI doll and stain a sheet using the SHIBORI method.

The Paper Festival turned out to be a scorching event - the heat coming from the heavens let itself be felt by the visitors, artists, exhibitors and museum staff. Mutual goodwill and great interest in the attractions were helpful in overcoming the inconveniences. Apart from the works prepared by artists and museologists, as many as 60 regional souvenir craftsmen awaited the visitors.

KOTO concerts turned out to be a great attraction for Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The sound of that original Japanese 13 string instrument was brought to us by Katarzyna Karpowicz - Japanology graduate fascinated by the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun. There are a number of KOTO in Poland, but only Katarzyna plays regular concerts popularising Japanese music. During the Paper Festival seven pieces were played relating to Japanese culture.

 

It was possible to organise the event as such a level due to the funding received: from the Lower Silesia Province, Kłodzko County and  Duszniki-Zdrój Commune. Mondi Świecie S.A. was the industry sponsor.

 

The Paper Festival is becoming a significant media event. Polish national, regional and local mass media were represented at the event an “live” reports were aired by radio Wrocław and TVP INFO, the most popular news channel in Poland. Most importantly, the event was received enthusiastically by the guests - 8 thousand people participated in the 13th edition, who also visited the Museum of Papermaking.

 

Maciej Szymczyk

Museum of Papermaking Director

12TH PAPER FEST ~ 28TH-29TH JULY 2012

First held in 2001, the Paper Fest is the largest event organised by the Duszniki Zdrój Museum of Papermaking. It takes place in the courtyard of the museum over the final weekend in July and is open to all from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM on both days. Year by year, it grows in stature. At the same time, it continues to intrigue and attract a steadily increasing number of visitors.

The two-day Paper Fest is intended to spread knowledge about paper, its history, its significance in the development of civilisation and it role in the contemporary world. It also aims to promote the paper mill itself as one of Poland's most valuable relics of historical technology and one of her greatest tourist attractions. Indeed, in 2011, it was accorded the status of historical monument by the President of the Republic of Poland. The first written mention of the Duszniki paper mill dates from 1562 and this year’s event will mark the 450th anniversary of that document by focusing on introducing the history of this ancient industrial site to a wide audience.

One of the underlying concepts of the Paper Fest is to set up workshops designed with hands-on participation in mind. Visitors can create their own sheet of hand-made paper, use historical laboratory apparatus to examine its characteristics and properties, try out typographic, plate and relief printing techniques and explore ancient decorative methods such as marbling, shibori and batik. Every participant keeps the paper they make, giving them a unique souvenir of their time at the fest. In addition, there will be a number of stalls offering the work of masters of the art of papermaking, handcrafts and regional mementos.

 

A JAPANESE ARTIST AT THE PAPER FESTIVAL IN DUSZNIKI WIND MANDALA AND REINCARNATING SHIRTS

The 2013 Paper Festival had a very distinct Japanese trait. Predominantly due to Yasa Suzuki - a photographer, professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. The vernissages of his works took place on Saturday 27 June. The exhibition promoter and commissioner was Prof. Jerzy Olek, a fine artist and theorist involved with photography and multimedia art.

 

Yasu Suzuka underlines that his inspiration comes from eastern philosophy and spiritualism. “The theme for my photographs is a cycle, reincarnation, symbiosis and peace. Life born from the sea grows due to the grace of the sun and exists in nature in symbiosis with other creatures to finally return to Mother Nature. I want to express the essence of that cycle through my art and touch not the visible but the invisible” - in the photographer’s own words.

 

To take photographs for the “Wind mandala”, the artists constructed a large scale pinhole camera by himself.  He used the ancient camera obscura technique, but used a computer controlled drill for the conical hole in the aluminium front plate of the camera. The images obtained in such manner are soft, with gentle contrasts, slightly blurred and pastel colours. And that’s what Yasu Suzuki’s photographs are like. The effects are magnified by the use of hand pressed paper, made using an old Japanese washi technique, especially developed by the artist together with the workshop.

 

Apart from the lovely photograms, Yasu Suzuka presents a series of “portrait” shirts, which he named “Reincarnating shirts - shirt’s Nirvana”. The works included pieces made using the shirts of Jan Miodek and Wojciech Malajkat.

 

Before the age of cheap mass production, fabric was a thing of value. Clothes would be used for ages, repairs and alterations were means to prolong their life. Today we just buy new and dispose of the old. Yasu Suzuka decided to inject new life into shirts, to make them valuable by transforming into art, to extract beauty from them. He leaves the collar and sections with buttons intact and reverts the rest to its primary state, or pure cotton or silk.  He uses Japanese techniques for making washi paper (hand pressed Japanese paper) and then sculpts the material to his chosen form.

 

The artist presented his workshop even before the vernissages. In front of an audience he created a “portrait” from a shirt which belonged to Korneliusz Pacuda, a famous journalist and music critic. Before commencing his work the Japanese artists said a Buddhist prayer, so that his work assumed an appropriate spiritual dimension.

 

Works by Yasu Suzuki will be displayed at the Museum of Papermaking throughout 2013 summer holidays.

ROOF RENOVATION COMPLETED

On December 16, 2010 the restoration process on the roof over the 18th century building was completed. The building is used for drying paper, and is a part of the Museum of Papermaking building complex. The title of the project was: “Duszniki Zdrój, Museum of Papermaking building complex: renovation and restoration of the roof construction and the exchange of the wooden shingles and sheathing of the drying building – faze II”. The restoration works, worth over half a million zlotys, were financed by the grants from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and from the Lower Silesia Voivodeship Government, as well as from the Museum of Papermaking’s own funds. The renovation project was made by the Projects and Expertise Office CCI, LLC from Długołęka near Wrocław. Lech J. Engel, Eng. D. was the author of the project. The work was executed by the Castellum, company from Wrocław, specializing in renovations of historic objects. The supervisory inspector of the project was Maksymilian Gutfreund M. Eng., and on the museum’s side the project was supervised by the vice-manager Joanna Seredyńska M.A.

Initially the rafter reinforcement was planned to be an exchange of some of the beams and all of the shingles. During the work, it turned out that from the southern side, the ridge – one of the most important elements of the building construction – is almost completely rotten. The replacement of the 18.8 meters long beam running through out the whole building turned out to be a very complicated and time consuming operation. It was impossible to completely remove the beam, therefore it was divided into four parts. Each fragment after removal was immediately replaced with a new one, and than the next section could be done. After taking out the first segment, the decayed part proved to be a suitable environment for wasps that arranged a large nest for themselves over there! Another factor that made the work difficult was the weather conditions – very unfavorable this Autumn.

After the completion of the renovation the Museum of the Papermaking building complex has got reinforced roof rafters and a replaced roof covering. We hope that the investments worth about 1.5 million zlotys (the roof on the paper mill was renovated for almost 1 million zlotys in 2009) will secure the objects for near decades. The durability of the new shingles chipped from larch will depend on the correct conservation, therefore the next year we are going to cover the shingles with proper impregnates and fireproof measures.

It is worth mentioning that the renovation works done in 2010 did not limit the tourists’ access to the expositions, and the museum was operating like usual. During this time, all enterprises took place as planned (3 temporary exhibitions were prepared and a large conference was organized). It was a great achievement of the museum employees and the contractor’s team.

Maciej Szymczyk

Manager, Museum of Papermaking

Paper mill in Duszniki-Zdrój becomes historical monument

THE MUSEUM OF PAPERMAKING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE

 

A ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on 2nd February 2012 saw the handing over of the President of the Republic of Poland’s decree endowing the status of historical monument upon the Duszniki-Zdrój paper mill. The document was received from the hands of the President, Mr Bronisław Komorowski, by the Chief Executive of the Lower Silesian Voivodship, Mr Rafał Jurkowlaniec and the Museum of Papermaking’s director, Mr Maciej Szymczyk. The museum falls within the cultural remit of the Chief Executive’s Office. The ceremony was attended by a host of people connected with the museum. Amongst them were Deputy Chief Executive Mr Radosław Mołoń, the director of the Department of Culture at the Chief Executive’s Office, Mr Jacek Gawroński, the Mayor of Duszniki-Zdrój, Mr Andrzej Rymarczyk, the Chairman of the Association of Polish Papermakers and head of the listed company, Arctic Paper S.A., Mr Michał Jarczyński, the General Director of the Association of Polish Papermakers, Mr Zbigniew Fornalski, the Chairman of International Paper – Kwidzyn S.A., Mr Marek Lrzykowski, the Vice Chairman of PWPW, the Polish Security Printing Works, Mr Piotr Pankanin, the Voivodship Historical Monuments Conservation Officer, Mr Andrzej Kubik, the head of the Wałbrzych Branch of the Office for the Protection of Historical Monuments, Ms Barbara Obelinda-Nowak, former director of the museum Ms Bożena Schweizer-Makowska and its Deputy Director, Ms Joanna Seredyńska.

Under Polish law, the classification of ‘historical monument’ represents the highest form of conservation and protection and is awarded to sites of particular value to the nation’s culture. The significance of the title is elevated by the fact that it is granted only after a process of intensive scrutiny and by special presidential decree, which is why the list of historical monuments is referred to as ‘the Presidential list’. At present it contains 48 sites, including the Jasna Góra (Luminous Mount) monastery, the Teutonic Knights’ Castle in Malbork, the historical districts of Kazimierz Dolny, Krakow, Lublin, Poznań, Toruń, Warsaw, Wrocław and Zamość and the battlefields at Grunwald, Racławice and Westerplatte. To date, seven sites in Lower Silesia have been granted the status, with the Centennial Hall and the Old Town of Wrocław, the basilica in Krzeszów and the fortress on Srebna Góra (Silver Mountain) numbering amongst them.

The process of entering the Museum of Papermaking onto the list of historical monuments was launched at the initiative of the director. The decision to award this status was made on the strength of the fact that the building is the only paper mill in Poland, and one of very few in the world, in so excellent a condition. Note was also taken of something which is extraordinarily rare in industrial buildings, namely the superb polychromes which adorn the wooden walls of the interior. The meeting of history and contemporary times, in the form of the museum’s extremely rich programme of educational activities, which serve as a continuation of the mill’s original spirit and function, played its part in the decision as well.

Maciej Szymczyk, Ph.D. habilitas

Director, Museum of Papermaking


THE CONSUL GENERAL OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY VISITS THE MUSEUM OF PAPERMAKING

On 8th March, the Museum of Papermaking hosted Dr Gottfried Zeitz, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Wrocław, together with Rainer Sachs, Cultural Proxy for the German Consulate. During their meeting with the museum's director, Maciej Szymczyk, the discussion touched upon the collaboration between the Duszniki institution and the Consulate, which has so far proved to be a highly fruitful one. The Consulate staff have participated in the museum's educational ventures for a number of years now, whilst the Consul General been the honorary patron of several exhibitions presented at the paper mill. The fact that the historical mill has the potential of playing a significant role in expanding the contact between Poland and Germany was also noted. After visiting the museum's exhibitions, the guests tried their hand at papermaking, something which turned out to be of great interest to the diplomats and thus served to demonstrate that paper continues to play an important role in international relations to this day.

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