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On 4 June 2015 at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, an exhibition entitled Polish Art: An Enduring Spirit was opened, representing a collection of nearly 350 works of Polish art from the National Museum in Warsaw, the National Museum in Kraków and many of the most important Polish museum collections. The script, authored by Prof. Maria Poprzęcka, showcases Poland through art – from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. Alongside outstanding works by  artists from the Young Poland movement, we shall find there some of the most interesting examples of 19th-century Polish academic art, chief among them Jan Matejko’s Batory at Pskov, as well as examples of modern art – canvases by such figures as Witkacy, Waliszewski, Stryjeńska, Kantor and Wróblewski.

The Korean exhibition was transferred from the National Museum in Beijing. Although Chopin’s name is missing from the title of the Seoul exhibition, he appears in the exhibition script in a significant manner – in a room dedicated especially to the composer. The Fryderyk Chopin Museum at The Fryderyk Chopin Institute lent the exhibition a manuscript of the Mazurka in E major op. 6 no. 3, a preparatory study for Wojciech Weiss’ painting Chopin, and a cast of the composer’s hand made by Jean-Baptiste Clésinger. Chopin’s music manuscripts are lent out extremely rarely, but the status of the exhibition – officially opened by Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Professor Małgorzata Omilanowska, and the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Mr. Kim Jongdeok – meant that the Institute decided to make the manuscript available to  Korean lovers of Chopin. The exhibition will last until 30 August.