Can a historical museum become an experimental laboratory of art? How to develop critical and creative thinking in museums using creative tools?
We will look at artistic residencies at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews as a case study for a non-artistic museum becoming a centre for creative work. The artist-in-residence programme made it possible for the Museum to host Polish and foreign artists who, in the course of their creative efforts, tackled the subject of Jewish heritage and multiculturalism. Each of the artists was invited for a three-week sojourn, during which they were able to create projects containing historical references or deliberations and involving the local communities on a variety of levels. Some works we realized dealt with difficult issues which were often at the centre of ongoing discussions, becoming a creative response to deficient language and stagnant forms of public debate.