I was scrolling through my Twitter page today looking through all the cool things I had the privilege to do. While scrolling I found pictures from the Polish Museum of America in Chicago, and I realized I never really included anything about this trip in my Ineffable Portfolio when in all honesty this is a trip that I think about often.
I loved the aesthetic of this museum, and I really do recommend that if you're ever in Northern Chicago and have a spar afternoon on your hands that you go check it out. I think this place resonated with me mainly because it was "the" Poland I have always known existed but I had trouble finding an outlet that expresses that image of Poland. See, I find that within the Polish community - this is also true for the broader central European community as well - art has always been crowded out by war. I am not a person that enjoys war, or blood, or anything that has to do with destruction. I am someone who understands that value that comes with learning about wars and conflicts - and I acknowledge how wars have shaped Poland in terms of history and geopolitics - although, I find that there is so much more to Poland than wars. I find that there are artists that captured the rawest moment of nature, people, and culture in posters, and statues, and paintings that reflect people - not their bloodloss.
This museum reflected that. This museum had halls dedicated to Polish Poster Art - something not many people know about. I became so fascinated with poster art that I spent two days strolling through art galleries in Southern Krakow looking at and purchasing posters. I think that everyone who goes to that museum has a chance to see art - not war. I find Poland to have a core of art, one that has been covered up by tragic bloodloss. But maybe we as Poles should stop pouting about the tragedies that were, and instead celebrate what we have learned and how we have grown, reviving our artistic core.
Sometimes, moving on doesn't mean forgetting. Sometimes moving on means leaving nationalistic ideas and promoting ideas that will help Poland grow.