In commemoration of the centennial of the battle of Warsaw, the Royal Łazienki Museum and the Head Office of State Archives have created a joint exhibition entitled "The Battle of Warsaw as a Guarantor of Peace in Europe". The project is dedicated to one of the most crucial battles in world history, which proved instrumental in the shaping of the political map of Europe at the time.
The exhibition will be officially opened at 11:00 am on 31 July 2020 and will be displayed in the Royal Łazienki Museum’s Outdoor Gallery along Aleje Ujazdowskie (beginning at the gate closest to the Belvedere Palace) until 31 August 2020.
Later on, in the autumn of this year, the Museum will present an expanded virtual edition of the exhibition in a separate bookmark on the Museum website. The virtual exhibition will be offered in languages of all the nations whose armies played an important role in the outcome of the events of 1920.
The exhibition not only follows the events which brought the Poles victory in the battle, but also presents the broader international context of the Eastern Front in 1919-1920, as well as the changes in the political map of Europe resulting from the military operations of the First World War and the decisions of the Versailles Peace Conference. The purpose of the project is to show the Poles’ direct and indirect contributions to the restoration of independence of Central and Eastern-European and Baltic states, the contributions of various European states and nations to Poland’s victory in the Polish-Bolshevik war, and their cooperation towards establishing peace and democracy in that part of the world. A separate section is dedicated to the states-protagonists of the exhibition: Armenia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, France and Czechoslovakia.
Organizers: Royal Łazienki Museum and Head Office of State Archives
Partners: Wojskowe Biuro Historyczne, Embassy of Estonia in Poland, Embassy of Georgia in Poland, Embassy of Lithuania in Poland, Embassy of Latvia in Poland, Embassy of Ukraine in Poland, Wielkopolskie Muzeum Niepodległości, Biblioteka Śląska, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum, Latvijas Kara muzejs, Latvijas Nacionālā vēstures muzeja, Lietuvos nacionalinis muziejus, Établissement de Communication et de Production Audiovisuelle de la Défense.
The exhibition was co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.