4 November 2010 Already tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the National Museum a meeting with Herta Müller

Already tomorrow (Friday, 5 November) we invited you to the long awaited meeting with the writer Herta Müller, who is coming to Krakow at the invitation of the Conrad Festival. We invite all lovers of the Nobel winner’s works at 6 p.m. to the National Museum (Main Building, Hall). The discussion with the writer will be hosted by Katarzyna Bojarska – translator and literary critic. After the meeting, planned for an hour and a half, Herta Müller will sign books for 20 minutes. Those of you who would like to buy the Nobel winner’s books will have such an opportunity – at the National Museum a special stall will be set up of the publishing houses: Czarne and Ha!art.

The visit at Wawel will be the first important point of the vast subject block, which spiritual patron is Paul Celan – a Jew from Romania, who chose German as the language of literature he created. An excellent context for both authors is constituted by the works of Anselm Kiefer – one of the most famous contemporary German artists. Thanks to the courtesy of Art Stations Foundation, Stary Browar and Ms Grażyna Kulczyk, as well as the hospitality of co-organiser of the meetings – the National Museum in Krakow, an unusual presentation of the painting Das Haar will be held. Kiefer’s canvas relates directly to Celan’s poetry, it is an excellent completion to the literary dimension of the debate on the subject of loneliness, sadness, historical responsibility, areas of collective memory. Anselm Kiefer himself accepted the invitation of the Conrad Festival, but due to the large retrospective of his works prepared in New York, he couldn’t appear personally at Wawel. We invited you to the opening of Das Haar right after the meeting with Herta Müller, around 8 p.m. in the Main Hall of the National Museum. The meeting will be hosted by: Agnieszka Sabor and Paulina Kolczyńska.

Half an hour later, at 8.30 p.m. a discussion will commence – co-organised with the Nuremburg House in Krakow and the publishing house Wydawnictwo a5 – titled The fugue of death and promoting the recently published in Poland correspondence of Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan. The following will participate in it: the publisher, poet and translator Paul Celan, Ryszard Krynicki, the translators: Małgorzata Łukaszewicz and Andrzej Kopacki, as well as guests from Germany: poet and director Peter Hamm – author of the biographical film dedicated to Ingeborg Bachmann, as well as writer and publicist Helmut Böttiger – author of the book published in Polish – Paul Celan. Cities and places.

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