A European Touring Exhibition: “The History of Europe – Told by Its Theatres”

Since the first theatres built in Greek and Roman antiquity, theatre buildings in Europe have been designed and erected, each for the society of its time and at a particular moment in history. Thus they mirror the particular society and the era, and – in the course of time – they also testify to the changes of society. They are a truly common European heritage.

In colourful and flexible arrangement, the exhibition presents the development of the society in Europe as mirrored in the theatre buildings. This is not done in chronological order, but in nine topical chapters, entitled: The Mediterranean Experience, Religious Impact, Changing Society – "Changing Building", "Aesthetics and Technology", "Building the Nation – Preserving the Nation", "Fire!", "Crossing Borders", "War", "Democracy". 

The exhibition has been prepared by six theatre museums from six countries:

  • Theatre Museum of the Teatr Wielki, Warsaw (PL)
  • Austrian Theatre Museum, Vienna (AT)
  • German Theatre Museum, Munich (DE)
  • Slovenian Theatre Museum, Ljubljana (SI)
  • Theatre Museum in the Court Theatre, Copenhagen (DK)
  • Victoria & Albert Museum Performing Arts Collection, London (GB)

It is the first time that such a group of museums creates an exhibition as a joint venture, each proposing well-chosen exhibits from its own collection and discussing the proposals from the other museums. The exhibition will tour to these museums from 2015 to 2017. It is organized by PERSPECTIV as part of the project “European Route of Historic Theatres” and co-funded by the Culture Programme of the European Union.  

A European Touring Exhibition: “The History of Europe – Told by Its Theatres”
The National Theatre (Teatr Narodowy) 
10 February–30 April 2015
Opening hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 11:00–15:00. Admission free. 

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