Crushing In


During the summer of 2010, the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Solidarity union in Poland, was celebrated at the Nobel Museum. The artist Grzegorz Klaman let Lech Walesas' work bench crash into the museum building. Lech Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 for his peaceful and non-violent efforts to allow the workers to unionize. 

As a previous employee at the Lenin shipyards in Gdansk, Walesa led the strikes that erupted in August 1980. The union Solidarity was formed the following month with Walesa as chairman. Soon, close to 10 million members joined and Solidarity became a resistance against the communist regime. The strikes at the Lenin shipyards became the starting point of the revolution that ten years later led to the fall of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe. 

The work bench that was shown at the Nobel Museum comes from Lech Walesas' former work site at the shipyards in Gdansk. The artist Grzegorz Klaman was born in 1959 and is one of Polands most well-known contemporary artists. He oftens works with site specific art installations and many of them comment on modern Polish history and the heritage from the Solidarity movement. 

Arranged by: The Nobel Musemu, The Polish Institute in Stockholm, The Polish Embassy in Stockholm, The Art Institute Wyspa, Stocznia Gdanska SA, Gdansk City – The European Capital of Culture 2016 candidate.


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