MODERNITY AND TRADITION. THE MEMORIAL PARK IN ŻELAZOWA WOLA. PART II
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The memorial park to Fryderyk Chopin at Żelazowa Wola, created between the two world wars, is a unique work. It combines elements of modernity and tradition, reflecting the polemic over Chopin’s music that raged during the early decades of the twentieth century: it is at once both innovative and rooted in tradition.

The second part of our exhibition of the inter-war memorial park is devoted more to tradition. It was not until after the First World War that the humble manorial annexe in which the future composer entered the world acquired features of the national style that was particularly in vogue at that time. The addition of a columned porch invoked the architecture of Polish manor houses – a style that has been continually redefined to this day.

The Chopin annexe was surrounded with park furniture of modern design, referring to geometry, which largely broke with tradition. The way the innovative park furniture complements the house may be read as an attempt to convey the essence of Chopin’s music – referring to the Classical tradition but at the same time characterised by an almost revolutionary innovativeness, combining the European tradition with native Polish culture.

 

THE BIRTHPLACE OF FRYDERYK CHOPIN AND PARK IN ŻELAZOWA WOLA
Branch of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw

Żelazowa Wola 15, 96-503 Sochaczew
phone: (+48 46) 863 33 00
e-mail: zelazowawola@nifc.pl

 

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