Conference on the Chopin memorial park in Żelazowa Wola, 7-8 June 2018

Conference on the Chopin memorial park in Żelazowa Wola, 7-8 June 2018 Conference on the Chopin memorial park in Żelazowa Wola, 7-8 June 2018

An interdisciplinary academic conference devoted to the history of the Chopin memorial park in Żelazowa Wola between the wars is planned for June 2018. This will be the first time that the subject has been treated in a comprehensive way. The premise of the conference is to research and present the latest knowledge relating to the history of the memorial park in Żelazowa Wola, its functions, the context in which it was established, its origins and its place in Polish and world art, as well as to systematise, expand and popularise knowledge about the site, partly through the publication of the conference proceedings. The task of the conference is to raise interest in the Chopin memorial park in various academic environments. The conference is addressed to such groups as (landscape) architects, (art) historians, musicologists, museum experts and others involved in cultural history, as well as institutions with a similar profile.


Proposed thematic areas

1. Prof. Franciszek Krzywda-Polkowski, designer of the memorial park in Żelazowa Wola; his creative work, its origins, context and influence, and his pedagogic work.

2. Żelazowa Wola within the context of the various ways in which great Poles were commemorated between the wars: the historical, political and social origins and functions of the memorial park devoted to Chopin in inter- and post-war Poland.

3. The multi-functional character of Żelazowa Wola: museum work (the history of exhibitions at the Birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin), artistic and educational work (educational programme relating to landscape architecture and park studies), tourism and sightseeing; conceptual changes with regard to the function and significance of the site from the end of the First World War to the present day; paths of development (museum, artistic and educational work).

4. Park architecture: interpretations and significance of the park furniture in the memorial park at Żelazowa Wola (sources, functions, programme); inter-war, post-war and present-day nomenclature; the form of the park – plan, architecture, materials and details.

5. Nature and landscape in the Chopin memorial park: concepts and ideas behind the composition of the floral arrangements, meanings, stages in the shaping of the flora (inter- and post-war, restoration in 2010), the function of the scientific and educational arboretum; nature in inter-war art and culture.

6. The Birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin (the Chopin Annexe) and Park: a synthesis of tradition and modernity between the wars (the dispute over how to commemorate Chopin).

7. The Park in Żelazowa Wola within the Polish and international contexts. Defining Żelazowa Wola in its historical and stylistic dimensions.


Timetable and other organisational details:

- call for papers: October 2017

- submission of application forms including title and abstract of paper: by 22 January 2018

- announcement of full conference programme: by March 2018

- conference dates: 7–8 June 2018

- selection of papers to be published in the conference proceedings: by 15 June 2018

- submission of full texts of papers by authors invited to have their texts published in the conference proceedings: by 15 July 2018

- publication of conference proceedings: December 2018


Academic committee:
Prof. Maria Poprzęcka
Dr Piotr Rypson
Prof. Piotr Korduba


Abstracts: no longer than 1800 characters with spaces, should include stated hypothesis, information about source material and conclusions resulting from research.

Presentations: no longer than 20 minutes.

Languages: Polish and English.

Articles: no longer than 20,000 characters with spaces; no more than five illustrations in copyright, with sources indicated.

Publication:* reviewed, bilingual (Polish-English).

Travel, food: The organiser will provide food during the conference, but will not reimburse the costs of travelling to Warsaw; the organiser will only provide transport between Warsaw and Żelazowa Wola.

Queries and application form: please send by email:


Material available for downloading:


The Birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin and Park in Żelazowa Wola      
Żelazowa Wola 15   
96-503 Sochaczew



The Fryderyk Chopin Institute
The Fryderyk Chopin Museum
ul. Tamka 43
00-355 Warszawa

Secretary’s Office of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum 
tel. + 48 22 44 16 274              

*Proceedings selected by the organisers will be published. Conference participants will be asked to sign a consent form relating to the publication of their articles. Submitted and presented papers may be edited and updated to meet the needs of the publication.

26th of October 2017