Warsaw and Nowa Huta – Two Examples of a Socialist Monumentalism in Poland

Maciej Czarnecki


In Polish architecture, Socialist Realism was limited in scope. The strong position of the interwar vanguard delayed monumental architecture, which was much more present in other countries of the Eastern Bloc. That is why Socrealism came into being in Poland only in 1949 and lasted only 6 years. The architectural and urban complexes formed at that time were of varying scale, often supplementing existing buildings, and in many cases they were only partially completed. Two socialist realism settlements from Warsaw and Krakow presented here are the only ones in Poland with such a large scale. They fully realized the doctrines of the Socialist Realism, and thus occupy a special place in Polish architecture as a pattern example of socialist monumentalism with neoclassical forms and programs corresponding to the ideological guidelines of socialist realist doctrine.
Author Maciej Czarnecki (FA / DAHA)
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- Division of Architectural Heritage and the Arts
Other language title versionsWarschau und Nowa Huta – Zwei Beispiele für den sozialistischen Monumentalismus in Polen
Publication size in sheets0.5
Book Ziesemer John, Krämer Gudrun (eds.): Rethinking Modernity. Architecture and Urban Planning of the 20th Century – Between Avant-garde and Tradition , 2019, Karl Krämer Verlag , ISBN 978-3-7828-4058-3, 192 p.
Languageen angielski , de niemiecki
Score (nominal)5
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ScoreMinisterial score = 5.0, 17-12-2019, MonographChapterAuthor
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