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Migliore & Servetto the winners of the Competition for the Concept of the Exhibition at the Fryderyk Chopin Museum

The project of the permanent exhibition at the Fryderyk Chopin Museum designed by Migliore + Servetto from Milan in a creative way develops the ideas listed by the organisers of the Competition, offering a new understanding of the exhibit in historic interiors.

Multi-layered message
In this project the exhibit has many dimensions. The artefact is at the very centre, but it is complemented by sound (musical landscapes or music), context and the impression of a spatial dimension, as many facets of the artefact are presented. The authors cleverly choose their means of expression for particular subjects. Their exhibition modules do not interfere with the existing environment, i.e. two types of interiors in the Ostrogski Castle (cellars with their brick walls and the renovated upper floors  - 0, 1 and 2 where daylight has ample access), and they also have metaphorical character.

Integration of meanings
The use of one of the rooms on the second floor is an interesting example. Two fields of significance are integrated there: 'personality and Chopin's European travels'. At the same time the renovated walls with stucco decorations are also exposed. This is a perfect solution for this historic interior, as it clearly marks the difference between the old and the new, which helps in conveying the message of the exhibition. The form of the exhibition is half-closed, inside you can learn about Chopin's personality, outside - about his travels.

Different explorers
One of the main tasks for the designers was to adapt the exhibition to the needs of various  age and interest groups. Migliore + Servetto propose to use the RFID technology, which ensures that this task is fulfilled and visitor's privacy respected at the same time. This solution makes it possible to order the multimedia information - to adapt the message to the age group and preferences of the visitor, e.g. bigger fonts will be displayed for the short-sighted.

The use of space
Careful arrangement of exhibits in a multidimensional space (and not traditional display cabinets, in which you rarely get to see the exhibit from all sides) in all the fields of significance listed in the competition conditions.

The authors have found a good way to let visitors experience music individually. The visitors can freely choose from the vast musical offer but can also very quickly return to the exhibition, not feeling isolated. The project clearly uses sound as an important part of the exhibition and not only as its background. Sound educates (e.g. in the room 'Composer' in the cellars), at the same time creating the so-called emotional landscapes.

An open museum
The project follows the assumptions of an 'open museum', in which the visitor can explore Chopin's creative process as composer and pianist, but can also follow a path leading him to places and events related to Fryderyk Chopin. Close to the entry there is a separate room for children, where the youngest visitors can be educated. This project is friendly to the disabled: They are helped in their movements and can make a break when they want to (room ‘Nohant' on the first floor). 

Alicja Knast