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EMIR

FROM POLAND

THE

An exhibition about

Wacław Seweryn RzewuskI

WACŁAW SEWERYN RZEWUSKI

was a legendary Polish traveller (1784–1831), who blended together two archetypes: that of a Bedouin Emir and that of a knight fighting for his homeland’s independence.

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Horse expert

A passion for horses was in Rzewuski’s blood. He gained an opportunity to deepen his knowledge on these animals when Princess Katharina of Württemberg commissioned him to travel to the Arabian Peninsula and import the most perfect horses from there.

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Rzewuski left behind a travel diary Concerning the Horses of the Orient and Those Originating from Oriental Breeds describing absolutely everything he noticed during his voyages around the Arabian Peninsula: maps, sketches of horses, the architecture, customs and everyday objects. He adopted the local culture and dress, which quickly earned him respect from the Bedouins.

Traveller and researcher

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Romantic

Being an eccentric traveller with a thirst for discovery, Rzewuski personifies the ideal of the Romantic hero. Deep in the Arabian desert, he sought a life closer to nature and solace for his troubled heart. He became an inspiration for later Polish Romantic writers: poems written in his honour included Adam Mickiewicz ("Faris") and Juliusz Słowacki ("An Elegy for Wacław Rzewuski”).

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Soldier

Rzewuski loved horseback riding and fencing since childhood – military traditions were cultivated in his family for centuries. He earned admiration among the Bedouins for his riding skills and ability to wield the sabre, lance and spear. His lifelong attachment to his homeland found its culmination in his fighting in Poland’s defense during the November Uprising of 1830–31, where he perished.

 
 

THE EXHIBITION

“The Emir from Poland'' is presented for the first time at the Poland Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai, as part of “Poland. A land of plenty” temporary exhibitions programme.

This is the opening of a larger project about the amazing adventures of Wacław Seweryn Rzewuski with plans of being exhibited in different forms around the Middle East, Europe and beyond.

The exhibition was created by Stellar Fireworks and Science Now – studios specializing in original formats for experiences ranging from themed shows and attractions to immersive exhibitions. We deliver imaginative stories, characters and worlds grounded in diverse business and artistic domains.

 

COMIC BOOK

We recount Rzewuski’s incredible life in the form of animated comics – capitalizing upon the pop-culture potential of his story, examining the different personalities he embodied: driven by passion, with an incredible hunger for adventure, open to the wide world, but also harboring a deep love for his own origins. The narrative canvas of the animation is based on “An Elegy for Wacław Rzewuski” by Juliusz Słowacki.

 
CREDITS
ORGANIZER

 

Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland

 

Adam Mickiewicz Institute

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

PARTNER

 

National Library of Poland

CONCEPT & PRODUCTION

 

Stellar Fireworks

Science Now

 

Jan Pomierny

Executive Producer

 

Łukasz Alwast

Co-Executive Producer

Katarzyna Świętochowska

Producer

Ryszard Zalewski

Krzysztof Zalewski

Mateusz Kuch
Production

EXHIBITION CREATORS

 

Krzysztof Noworyta

Jan Pomierny

Tobiasz Piątkowski

Concept and Scenario

 

Tobiasz Piątkowski

Wiesław Skupniewicz

Comics

 

Amal Al-Shahari

Design and Art Direction

 

Kosma Masny

Animation and Art Direction

 

Mateusz Morski

Design and Art Direction

 

Martyna Sykta

Content Management and Research

 

Aleksandra Łukaszewska

Design and Content Research

 

Konrad Bielecki

Texts

 

Magdalena Tejchma

Wojciech Lubertowicz

Mateusz Szemraj

Helena Matuszewska

Music

 

Magdalena Lewicka

Daniel Sax

Yousef Sh’hadeh

Translation


 

COMICS CREATORS

 

Tobiasz Piątkowski

Wiesław Skupniewicz

Scenario, Art Direction, Illustrations 

 

Kosma Masny

Motion Design

 

Amal Al-Shahari 

Layout Design

 

Charles S. Kraszewski

Yousef Sh’hadeh

Translations of “An Elegy for Wacław Rzewuski” by Juliusz Słowacki 

 

Wojciech Lubertowicz

Mateusz Szemraj

Music

 

Katarzyna Świętochowska

Jan Pomierny

Krzysztof Noworyta

Łukasz Alwast 

Creative Supervision

The exhibition is organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a national cultural institute, whose mission is to present Polish culture and heritage on the international scene, building broad global recognition of the quality and originality of Polish culture, its artists and institutions.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich we Wrocławiu

(“Fundgruben des Orientes”)

 

Muzeum Wojska Polskiego w Warszawie

(Wojciech Kossak reproductions)

 

The Royal Castle in Warsaw – Museum

(“The Stockholm Scroll”,  excerpts, after 1605, photo: Andrzej Ring,

Lech Sandzewicz)

 

Jerzy Dubiel


 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

Mateusz Heise – Szponem i Mieczem

The manuscript of Sur les chevaux orientaux et provenant des races orientales (Concerning the Horses of the Orient and Those Originating from Oriental Breeds) by Wacław Seweryn Rzewuski is in the collection of the National Library of Poland and is available via the digital library polona.pl.

 
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