NATURE AND ART - ON THE PAST, CURRENT REALISATIONS AND FUTURE PLANS 0F THE TATRA MTS. MUSEUM IN ZAKOPANE (Przyroda i sztuka - o przeszlosci, nowych realizacjach i najblizszych planach Muzeum Tatrzanskiego w Zakopanem)
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At the beginning of May 2006 a new natural science exhibition was opened at the Tytus Chalubinski Tatra Mts. Museum In Zakopane . The modernisation of the display arrangement and a total exchange of the animal and plant exhibits have retained the traditional division into two parts: geological, which invariably tries to resolve the question about the origin of the Tatra Mts., and the animate Nature section featuring the characteristic fauna and flora of the Tatra Mts. according to climatic strata. The didactic character of the exposition is based on the current state of scientific research into the Tatra Mts., and depicts popular synthesis. The tour is supplemented by a multimedia presentation of the climate and landscape as well as the animal and plant kingdoms of the Tatra Mts. The visitors are offered guidebooks and postcards featuring local animals and a wide gamut of plants together with their botanical descriptions. The authors of the scenario include members of the staff of the Museum's natural history department: Grazyna Cislo and Wlodzimierz Cichocki; the scientific consultants are Dr. Urszula Bielczyk, Dr. Anna Ronikier, Prof. Dr. hab. Ryszard Ochyra, Anna Delimat, Wieslaw Siarzewski, and Adam Flakus. The natural history collections comprised the first and oldest department of the Tatra Mts Museum, established in 1888. The subsequently opened department, which began developing In the inter-war period, is devoted to art. Today, art collections are shown in three branches of the Museum: the W. and J. Kulczycki Art Gallery (temporary exhibitions), the auteur Wladyslaw Hasior Gallery, and the Stanislaw Witkiewicz Museum of the Zakopane Style in the 'Koliba' villa. The latter features a style that was part of a local variety of the Young Poland current, soon to be supplemented by another Museum branch, this time in the 'Oksza' villa (to be completed in 2007-2008). In the latter case, the exhibition will display the fine arts from the Young Poland period, when the 'summer capital of Poland' was becoming also the 'winter', 'cultural' and 'spiritual capital' as well as 'Polish Athens' and the 'Polish Piedmont'. At that time, art was an indispensable component of a veritable colony of representatives of the Polish intelligentsia who came to Zakopane from all three partition areas to create a legend of the town, a myth constitutive for artistic life flourishing in the shade of Mt. Giewont.
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