Famous Maltese Contemporary Sculpture ‘ZIEME’ installed in Krakow, Poland on the occasion of the 50th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and Malta

Famous Maltese Contemporary Sculpture ‘ZIEME’ installed in Krakow, Poland on the occasion of the 50th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and Malta

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Jul 15, 2021
 
For the past year, the Embassy of Malta in Warsaw embarked on a challenging cultural project specifically focused on exporting Malta’s leading artistic output to the attention of an international audience and public.

This involved the temporary installation of one of Malta’s most important sculptures in the last decades – ZIEME – in Plac Sw Ducha – one of the most important public squares in Krakow, the cultural capital of Poland.

The project is intended to serve as one of Malta’s cultural contributions to a series of events taking place during 2021 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malta and Poland.

From the outset, the decision to undertake the project was met with a series of challenges, not least those related to the artist’s consent; the logistics related to transporting the sculpture from Malta to Krakow in Poland;  the provision and manufacture of the stone plinth; the technical operation related to the installation of the sculpture on site together with the heavy machinery involved; the list of permits to be issued by the municipal authorities; insurance policies covering the sculpture  and the maintenance of security on the site in Krakow.

Following discussions with potential private sponsors and with the full collaboration of the artist – Austin Camilleri - the Ambassador of Malta to Poland, Dr. John Paul Grech, decided to go forward with the project.  He believed that the significance of this milestone anniversary deserved an exceptional effort by means of a project which would be as visible as possible in Poland’s cultural capital.

On Friday, 9th July, all preparations done across months of coordination, culminated in the successful installation of ZIEME which now graces Plac Sw. Ducha in Krakow until the end of September 2021.

In the evening, in collaboration with the Honorary Consul of Malta in Krakow, Dr. Agnieska Kaminska, the formal inauguration ceremony took place, under the patronage of the Mayor of Krakow, Professor Majchrowksi, in the presence of the Deputy Marshal of the Sejm of Poland, the consular corps present in Krakow and several other distinguished guests.

During his inaugural speech, Ambassador Grech sought to highlight the importance of the anniversary in the light of what transpired between the two countries during the last 50 years as well as the importance of sharing cultural output with countries with which Malta has strong bilateral relations, thereby raising mutual awareness of the essential component which culture endows to the national identity of nations.  He also sought to thank all those who contributed to this project, in particular the sponsors.

The event was followed by a reception at the foyer of the Juliusz Slowacki Theatre situated right adjacent to Plac Sw. Ducha.

The Embassy of Malta in Warsaw is proud to inform that the whole operation was fully and privately funded with no costs whatsoever borne on the Ministry.

The project ‘ZIEME’ was reported on several Polish media portals, namely: Gazeta Wyborcza, Gazeta Krakowska, Głos 24 and Krakow Open to the World.

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The Mayor of Krakow, Prof. Jacek Majchrowski (on the right), officially inaugurates the installation of ‘ZIEME’ in Plac Sw. Duc 
The Mayor of Krakow, Prof. Jacek Majchrowski (on the right), officially inaugurates the installation of ‘ZIEME’ in Plac Sw. Ducha. 
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From the left: Ambassador Dr John Paul Grech, Maltese Artist Mr Austin Camilleri and the Honorary Consul of Malta in Krakow, Dr  
From the left: Ambassador Dr John Paul Grech, Maltese Artist Mr Austin Camilleri and the Honorary Consul of Malta in Krakow, Dr Agnieska Kaminska

A plaque commerating the ZIEME project in Krakow on the 50th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between 
A plaque commerating the ZIEME project in Krakow on the 50th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and Malta.

The audience together with the Mayor of Krakow, Prof. Jacek Majchrowski, that attended the official inauguration of ‘ZIEME’. 
The audience together with the Mayor of Krakow, Prof. Jacek Majchrowski, that attended the official inauguration of ‘ZIEME’.
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