The Night of Museums 2016. This is how our guests enjoyed the event (video)
A jazz concert by Grzech Piotrowski, a digital projection of Jan Bogumił Plersch’s paintings, and exhibitions in the Old Orangery and the Palace on the Isle drew crowds of visitors to the Royal Łazienki on the Night of Museums. We invite you to watch a photo report of this extraordinary event.
The Night of Museums 2016 in the Royal Łazienki started at 7:00 p.m. and, as every year, was attended by many people. The royal residence was visited by thousands of guests; the Palace on the Isle alone attracted 2,631 visitors, and the Old Orangery - 1,925.
Many people participated in the night visit with their entire families or groups of friends. From among numerous attractions everyone could find something for themselves. Visitors could enjoy exhibitions in the Old Orangery and the Palace on the Isle, interesting stories about the monuments recounted by our educators during 78 museum lessons, jazz music, and colourful illuminations, which gave the Museum a nocturnal look.
- We come here every year for the Night of Museums, and we are not planning to change that. We love the magically illuminated gardens and the Palace on the Isle, where we have just seen a unique Dutch painting. We enjoyed the commemorative coins very much too - said Barbara, who came to the Royal Łazienki with her husband and children.
One of the attractions which aroused great interest among the visitors was the digital projection of recreated ceiling paintings by Jan Bogumił Plersch. The colour scheme of the plafonds which were destroyed in 1944 was recreated according to archival photographs. Thanks to the projection, visitors to the Royal Łazienki could admire the original decor of the rooms located in the oldest part of the Palace on the Isle. In the Bathing Room, the "Diana Bathing" from 1788, and in the Bacchus Room, "Ceres among Clouds" from 1778.
The "Treasures of the Warsaw Mint" exhibition also attracted crowds. It was displayed in the Old Orangery and featured more than 200 unique medals, seals, coins, and prints from the times of Stanisław August and later. An additional attraction was the performance of the members of “Arsenał” association dressed in outfits from the Enlightenment era.
At the same time, in the Palace on the Isle, apart from viewing the digital projection of ceiling paintings, visitors to the Royal Łazienki contemplated the famous painting "Flowers in a Glass Vase” by Abraham Mignon with great interest.
After seeing the exhibitions, guests could attend an atmospheric jazz concert by Grzech Piotrowski, who performed the "One World” project. The music flowed from the stage on the water - a platform placed on the pond for that purpose. It was accompanied by colourful illuminations.
Another location which attracted visitors was the multimedia PZU zone near the Officer Cadets School, where they received commemorative photographs from the night escapade to the Royal Łazienki.
The participants of the Night of Museums also received commemorative coins and tokens prepared by the Mint of Poland – the co-organiser of the Night of Museums in the Royal Łazienki. They were pressed using a 19th century knuckle-joint press standing in front of the Old Orangery, and a minter installed in front of the Palace on the Isle.