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Every nation has its own great works. For Hutsuls – this is the book by Stanislav Vincenz “On a High Polonyny”, which tells about their culture, history and traditions. It is this book that serves as a reference point for the creation of a Ukrainian museum dedicated to Stanislav Vincenz and the unique combination of cultures in Hutsulshchyna – Jewish, Armenian, Polish, Austrian, Hungarian, Romanian, and others, as well as the memory and traditions of Hutsulshchyna.

Our project is a special phenomenon of the all-Ukrainian scale, an ultramodern cultural institution, harmoniously inscribed in the natural scenery of Hutsulshchyna – a favorite place for rest and creativity for the Ukrainian and Polish intellectuals of the XIX century. “In the High Polonynia” is the first fully interactive museum in the country, invited the best specialists – talented museums with experience in implementing similar projects (“Warsaw Warsaw Uprising Museum”, “POLIN” – museum of the history of Polish Jews and others), historians, literary critics, collectors and architects.

The museum is designed in the best traditions of the narrative genre. Thanks to the modern approach to creating, he has all the chances to become a large-scale nonsuch of organization of a modern cultural institution. The educational component plays a key role in the museum – it is anticipated that a large part of the audience will be represented by school and student excursions. The modern approach will also be applied to exhibition surfaces (for example, the museum building is planned to be open for visiting the exhibition space with restoration galleries). Volunteers will be widely involved in the work of the museum. Within the framework of the museum it is planned to create a European School of Memory, which will open the possibility of professional training for museum workers.

Since Vincentz’s biography is closely linked to the cultures of many countries – Ukraine, Poland, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Hungary – we decided to create a museum not only of the philosopher and writer, the author of the work on Hutsulshchyna “On a High Polonyny” but also a museum of multiculturalism, where Vincentz is the key and a unique example of the intersection of many cultures in art. One can safely assert that the Vincenz’s  Hutsulschyna  is one of the oldest prototypes of the idea of European integration. This opinion will be the leitmotif of the exposition – separate rooms will be devoted to the life of Armenian and Jewish communities in the region. In the first case, it will be a fragment of the space devoted to the everyday life of the Armenians – “Armenian workshop”. In the case of the Jewish community, in one of the spaces the viewer will be able to enter the artistically restored synagogue of the nineteenth century with its unique atmosphere. The museum will attract not only visual means of influence, but also smells, sounds, play with surfaces and materials.

The museum is planning to use modern technologies, which will be combined with exhibits that remind us of antiquity. A significant part will be occupied by the audiovisual part – the stories of witnesses and inhabitants of the region, original videos that illustrate the traditions preserved, sound exposure – recordings of unique Hutsul songs.

The Museum “In the High Polonynia” will be organized in Kryvorivne – the center of Hutsul culture and a place closely connected with the biography of Vincenza – a picturesque corner in the heart of the Carpathians. An original and ultra-modern architectural design, combined with a creative concept, will definitely make this museum a pearl of the region, an impetus for the development of tourism, investment attraction and job creation.

In September 2018, the All-Ukrainian Democratic Forum, public organization, began work on the creation of the Concept of the Intercultural Dialogue Center named after Stanislav Vincenz. The project is being implemented with the support of the Ukrainian cultural foundation.

Before developing the idea of constructing the Intercultural Dialogue named after Stanislav Vincenz, the team of the All-Ukrainian Democratic Forum has already invited the best experts from Eastern Europe. The main editor of the Concept was Pavel Koval, a specialist in the modern history of the European College Natolin in Warsaw. He dictated the trend of combining history, cutting-edge technology and daring creative ideas in Polish museum science. For the first time, such an approach was used in the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising - a project that led to a revolution among Polish museums.

Ukrainian and Polish professors, scholars and journalists are invited to work on the Concept of the Center. As a result of the group's work, a script, instructions, texts and audiovisual content will appear, which will form the basis for the future exposition. The Vincenz Center should become a forum for dialogue on the key themes of Europe's future, a community-oriented world and humanistic values. Creation of the Center becomes possible thanks to the support of the Ukrainian cultural foundation, under the patronage of which the project is being implemented.

The project is supported by the Ukrainian cultural foundation.

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