The Embassy of the Republic of Poland celebrates the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty and the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia with exhibitions held at the Estonian Film Museum.
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty and the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia with two exhibitions ‒ “Polish-Estonian Relations 1918–1939 in Light of Estonian Archival Arts” and “Marshall Józef Piłsudski on 13 pictures by Zdzisław Czermański from a portfolio belonging to August Pulst”, hosted by the Estonian Film Museum.
In 2018, as a common jubilee year, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the sovereignty of the Republic of Poland as well as 100 years since the birth of the Republic of Estonia, these exhibitions are among the most important projects for the Embassy of Poland in Tallinn. Together with its partners at Estonian museums, cultural centres, archives and libraries, the Embassy will present the displays in various places around Estonia, to introduce Polish-Estonian relations 1918–1939 in light of Estonian archive depositories, the turning points in the history of Poland and Europe, as well as the story of a key figure, Marshall Józef Piłsudski. Also on display will be some works of art that have miraculously survived and been recently discovered in Estonia.
The first exhibition looks back at the close diplomatic, military and cultural relations of the two countries, as well as personal connections between people during the interwar period. A film programme on Polish-Estonian relations, digitised specifically for the occasion, will be presented at the exhibition.
The second exhibition displays 15 images from a portfolio, which is believed to have belonged to August Pulst. Two are posters, but the remaining 13 are 1935 letterpress reproductions of original drawings by Zdzisław Czermański depicting the Polish Marshall Józef Piłsudski in the years 1914–1935. The portfolio was an official present from the Polish government apparently given to representatives of foreign countries on state visits between 1935–1939 for their outstanding services.
The portfolio was found in 2014 in the attic of a house in Pirita. Were these pictures given to August Pulst for the services of his brother, Mihkel Pulst, and why? Perhaps the exhibition visitors will be able to find the answer to these questions and discover traces of historical Polish-Estonian relations in Estonia.
The exhibitions are open at the Estonian Film Museum from 6 February until June.
The exhibitions were put together by Tiit Noormets from the National Archives of Estonia at the request of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.
The exhibitions were designed by Einike Leppik.