On October 26th, 2014, the Warsaw Uprising Museum, the Polish Institute in Berlin and Urban Spree invite you to a panel discussion about the legacy, meaning and appropriation of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising on Street Art, Pop Culture, and on the younger european generations.
This event will unfold with a panel discussion with Jan Oldakowski, director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum in Warsaw, Prof. Klaus Theweleit, Dr. Iwona Kurz and moderated by Martin Conrads (UdK).
On the days preceding the discussion, 2 street artists will paint the Urban Spree Artist Wall facing Warschauer Str. with a collaborative mural in connexion with the Warsaw Uprising. Urban Spree curates this section of the event and invited with the support of the Polish Institute Magda Drobczyk (Drobczyk+Kopaniszyn), street and multimedia artist from Katowice, and Sophia Hirsch from Berlin to paint our 12 x 7 m wall.
“Der Warschauer Aufstand in der Popkultur” event will mark the conclusion of the exhibition “Warsaw Uprising of 1944” at Berlin’s Topographie des Terrors. The exhibition presents the history of Warsaw after 1918. Special emphasis is placed on the 63 days of the Warsaw Uprising. The end of the exhibition shows pictures of Warsaw in the years after it was subjected to totalitarianism. The exhibition is shown at the site where from 1933 to 1945 the central offices of Heinrich Himmler’s SS state had been located. It was here that the fate of Warsaw and its residents was sealed: Hitler ordered the city to be completely destroyed after the start of the uprising. Himmler and the high-level SS leaders acting on his instructions were mostly responsible for this. They were also responsible for the ruthless military suppression of the uprising by the SS and police in cooperation with the Wehrmacht, as well as for the terror inflicted on Warsaw’s civilian population, which cost tens of thousands of lives.