18 May 2019 is the Long Night of Museums, an annual event that sees people flocking to museums, art galleries, and other cultural institutions up until the wee hours. Those who choose to visit the Teatr Wielki, can see an exhibition of unique 1930s programme brochures, explore the life and work of Stanisław Moniuszko, and shop for some unique publications and merchandise.
Scented and ephemeral… is an exhibition presenting most of the nearly sixty tissue paper programme brochures held by the Theatre Museum, Warsaw. The idea dates back to Victorian England and souvenir programmes produced by Eugène Rimmel. The programmes showcased by the Museum were produced in Poland in the 1930s. Restored, these charming ephemeral artifacts even smell like in the old days, as the original flower fragrances used to perfume the brochures have been recreated courtesy of Sisley Paris.
Moniuszko Lounge is a special space at the Teatr Wielki devoted to the composer. Accessible to all, it aims to bring Moniuszko closer to contemporary audiences. Visitors will learn about his life, work and its reception over the years. Thanks to surviving archival materials, you can also see how his operas have been staged over the years and marvel at the vintage costumes, set designs and playbills. Currently, it also houses the boutique of the Teatr Wielki.
Both will be open from 6 pm to 1 am on 18 May.
More information about the 2019 Long Night of Museums in Warsaw