Muzeum Śląskie, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, has been located on the premises of a former bituminous coal mine transformed into a “culture mine” for four years now. Having regard to the fact that this post-industrial area is of cultural, social and economic value, Muzeum Śląskie takes up issues connected with the industrial heritage in its programme activities. In order to present a full picture of this phenomenon, it thus refers to both the positive and the negative aspects of industrialization. On the one hand, it depicts the impact the industrial revolution has had on the economic development, the formation of agglomerations and progress made in the fields of medicine, science and technology, whereas, on the other – on landscape reorganization, environmental degradation, including the consequences of digging in the form of mining damage. Importantly, the topic of industrial heritage has not been considered solely from a historical perspective, or in relation to the present, but it is above all accompanied by a reflection over the future.

As team members of a museum being part of an industrial area, we wish to engage in issues related to the protection of the surrounding landscape and the correlations between the industry and the individual and the society, as well as to promote activities devoted to these matters. That is why the Biennale Industrii organized by us will be an event allowing all of us to better understand the phenomenon of the industrial heritage.




26 September


“Industria. Non-obvious contexts” scientific conference

10.00 AM – 5.30 PM / hall H, level -4 / free admission – upon previous registration / conference translated into Polish Sign Language

First edition of the “Industria. Non-obvious contexts” conference took place in October 2018, and its main goal was to attempt to answer the question to what extent are the mechanisms of industrialization’s impact on the surroundings, culture and values universal in nature, and to what extent are they associated with occasional and unique circumstances.

The second edition’s goal is to showcase the contexts directly connected with the Biennale Industrii:

  • high culture, popular culture and alternative culture (industrial subculture) – themes, presentation method, recipients,
  • works of selected artists of the industrial age (architecture, painting, literature, poetry, photography),
  • the issue of environmental degradation based on selected industrial regions,
  • particularly active and intense Catholic and non-Catholic religiosity,
  • leisure time activities, hobby,
  • management model for sports clubs previously sponsored by big industries,
  • crime rate and the number and type of criminal offences committed,
  • autostereotype of an industrial region resident.


Concert by Karbido

9.00 PM – 10.30 PM / temporary exhibition area, level -4 / tickets: PLN 10, available on-line from 1 September / induction loop

With the Day of the Industrial Monuments Route – Industriada 2017 in mind, the Karbido group prepared a composition titled M4B Vol. 11 / Muzeum Śląskie. The concert organized as part of the Biennale Industrii is not only a re-presentation of a musical piece inspired by the sounds of Silesia, the museum and the buildings of the “Katowice” mine, but also its new version, prepared having the temporary exhibition area in mind. It is at level -4 that you will be able to participate in a unique, musical and visual event at one and the same time constituting a musical landscape of Silesia.


27 September

Guided tours with audio-description of exhibitions and installations displayed as part of the Biennale Industrii

….. / assembly by the Museum ticket offices / admission: PLN 1, tickets available before the event


“Industrial Scene” discussion panel accompanied by the screening of Amélie Ravalec’s and Travis Collins’ movie titled “Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay”

5.00 PM – 7.00 PM / hall H / admission: PLN 1, tickets available before the event

A discussion panel conducted with the participation of the organizers and artistic directors of the Wrocław Industrial Festival, Job Karma band members – Maciej Frett and Arkadiusz Bagiński, as well as Dariusz Misiuna (a sociologist, translator, journalist).


Muzealny Chór Społeczny [Museum Social Choir]

8.15 PM – 8.45 PM / the bathhouse / admission: PLN 1, tickets available before the event

The first ever public performance by Muzealny Chór Społeczny will be related to the topics raised during the Biennale Industrii. The repertoire will comprise of, among others, compositions inspired by the industry and the workers’ culture.

conductor: Krzysztof Dudzik


Concert by Puce Mary

9.00 PM / Muzeum Śląskie / tickets: PLN 40, available on-line from 1 September / induction loop

A concert by a Danish artist representing an extreme electronic music scene genre. Puce Mary is a performer, a producer and a legend of the women’s scene of power electronics / noise / industrial.


28 September


Music marathon: John Zorn

11.00 AM – 7.30 PM / permanent exhibition area / on-line tickets: passes PLN 199, tickets for individual parts PLN 69 (full marathon in 3 parts is to last from 11.00 AM to 7.30 PM). For more information, please go to

For this year’s edition, we have invited the world-class American composer John Zorn, who, together with over twenty musicians of his choice, will prepare an extraordinary musical marathon. The group led by Zorn is to musically interpret the permanent exhibition collections of Muzeum Śląskie, at one and the same time referring to the architectural style of the building itself. This unusual event, taking place in the year marking the 90th anniversary of Muzeum Śląskie, will shed a completely new light at the museum exhibitions, and allow for a reflection over the history of this very place, currently housing the institution’s registered office.


Composer/artist John Zorn, born and raised in New York, has been a key figure in the New York music scene since 1975, engaging numerous creative musicians in the preparation of various composition formats. His work is extremely diverse, and draws its inspiration from art, literature, film, theatre, philosophy, alchemy, mysticism and music.


29 September


Meeting with the artist: Bartek Arobal Kociemba (To co ukryte exhibition)

4.00 PM – 4.40 PM / Muzeum Śląskie / admission: PLN 1, tickets available before the event


Meeting with the artists: Michał Łuczak, Joanna Rzepka-Dziedzic and Szymon Szewczyk (Stopnie nachylenia installation)

5.00 PM – 5.40 PM / Muzeum Śląskie / admission: PLN 1, tickets available before the event


“Tryptyk w czerni i zieleni” [“A Triptych in Black and Green”] music and film show

6.00 PM / the bathhouse / tickets: PLN 10, available on-line from 1 September and at the central hall’s ticket office on the day of the event / induction loop + audio-description

idea and script: Adam Kowalski

“Tryptyk w czerni i zieleni” is a story about the relationship of man and nature in industrial Upper Silesia expressed with images and live music. During the times when we talk particularly frequently about climate change, the era of man and sustainable development, it is worth paying attention to the natural context in the identity narration on Upper Silesia.

For the purpose of producing this music and film show based on Adam Kowalski’s script, we have invited, among others, a filmmaker and documentalist – Anu Czerwiński and a saxophonist and composer – Michał Fetler. Moreover, the following persons will participate in Muzeum Śląskie’s undertaking: a conductor, improviser, sound designer and guitarist Krzysztof Gawlas as well as Orkiestra Dęta Polskiej Grupy Górniczej [the Brass Band of the Polish Mining Group] directed by Mirosław Kaszuba.



Special evening projects:


Photographic landscapes of the New

main building, level -4

idea and script: Ada Grzelewska, Danuta Kowalik-Dura, implementation: Michał Tatarek

What connects photography as a medium with the industrialization is the status of rejection. It was not until the coercion forced upon by avant-garde tendencies to search for new composition solutions that one could discover the unforeseen – yet ambiguous – beauty of the industrial landscape. Formal searches, encapsulated among others in the readiness to take advantage of unexpected perspectives while depicting a motif, contributed to it being associated with the spirit of modernity.

The most prominent slogans of the avant-gardists, drawing on the concepts of the city, the mass and the machine, began to manifest themselves in the form of photographs, displayed either independently or after their further processing, in the form of a collage or montage.

The etude exhibits a little-known series by Jerzy Lewczyński and Jan Lessaer titled BHP in confrontation with the myth of modernity and the avant-garde imperative of the experiment. The series showcases the expressive potential of the photographs in confrontation with the slogans of those enthusing over the new point of view. The exhibition itself is complemented by comments which mix together the diversity of Lewczyński’s and Lessaer’s visual explorations, thus establishing a bridge between the postulates of the avant-garde and their transformations characteristic of the turn of the 1950s and 1960.


Interactive installation prepared by Elektro Moon Vision (Elwira Wojtunik and Popesz Csaba Láng)

Plac Grubiorza [Grubiorza Square]

Through the language of new media, “Elektro Moon Vision” tackles the issue of industrial heritage from the social, historical and ecological perspective. Located on the outside premises of the Museum, this interactive installation will allow you to co-create the presented messages / contents, related to the nature and the role of industrial heritage in modern society.


Exhibitions and installations:


Counting Memories / Chiharu Shiota

27 September 2019 – 26 April 2020 / Gallery of One Work

vernissage: 26 September 2019 / 6:00 PM / foyer -2

curator: Łukasz Adamski

A site-specific set-up prepared for the monumental Gallery of One Work.

The artist was born in 1972 in Osaka, Japan. She draws her inspiration from 1970s installations and performance art, in particular by Marina Abramović. The influence of the latter is visible in some of Shiota’s performances falling within the endurance art trend, e.g. Try and Go Home from 1998, in which the artist, covered in mud, spent four days fasting in a pit dug in the ground. Shiota’s works also draw on the art of Rebecca Horn, Ana Mendieta, Louise Bourgeois and Eva Hesse, especially in terms of the use of fabrics and the themes touched upon by her performances, which often relate to such issues as anxiety, oblivion and memory. Shiota is a recognized author of installations, as part of which she fills gallery spaces with networks of thread, creating mazes and weaving personal items or everyday objects in them. The installation that is to be exhibited in the Gallery of One Work will constitute a reflection over the phenomena that contribute to who we are and the manner in which our memories build our identity in the context of Upper Silesia.


Stopnie nachylenia [Slope degrees] / Michał Łuczak

26 September – 3 November 2019 / intervention on the premises of Muzeum Śląskie

artistic cooperation: Joanna Rzepka-Dziedzic, Szymon Szewczyk

project supervision: Łukasz Adamski, Magdalena Czerny-Kehl, consultations: Dr Seweryn Kuter

Michał Łuczak’s project, prepared in cooperation with an artist Szymon Szewczyk and curator Joanna Rzepka-Dziedzic, refers to the tradition of coal mining in Silesia as well as to the very architecture of Muzeum Śląskie.

It is the coal that Upper Silesia has been built upon, and it still continues to affect its landscape, also the urban one. The underground exploitation has a visible and explicit impact on the architecture. Along with mine closures, on the other hand, the surrounding itself begins to change, and nearby districts fall into decline. The results of these changes will still have their impact on the soil as a result of our actions, even once the last mine is closed. Upper Silesian towns abound in tenement houses, but such that have gradually turned into ruin, and houses so crooked that only those who have been gradually crooked along with the buildings themselves are capable of living in them and working in them.


To co ukryte [What is hidden] / Bartek Arobal Kociemba

26 September 2019 – 6 January 2020 / carpentry workshop

consultations and project supervision: Łukasz Adamski, space arrangement: Dominika Lorek

To co ukryte is a journey into the subconscious triggered by a contact with the energy coming from a specific place on Earth – Silesia. While creating a personal mythology, the artist opens a space where you can venture into the depths of the physical world, into the layers of the earth, into corporeality. The processes of decomposition, becoming and circulation of matter will be accompanied by mythical figures processed by an individual sensitivity at the border of that what is corporeal and intuitive.


The Museum reserves the right to change the programme.

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