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Neon Museum

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Neon Museum

The Neon Museum, which is located in the Soho Factory (one of the oldest factory buildings in the city) documents the “neonisation” of Warsaw, a phenomenon of the Cold War era. The heavy bombardment of Warsaw during the Second World War resulted in a city drowning in darkness and depressing greyness. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Soviet government decided that neon would be the best way to make the city look alive and exuberant again. In other words, a breath of Western glamour, socialist-style.

Foto: Neon Museum

Neon became an integral part of the city’s architecture, and Warsaw became the ‘neon capital’. However, maintenance of the many neon signs proved complicated and expensive because of their fragility. The city’s neon history is full of various ‘neon tragedies’ linked to falling signboards and other problems. Neon signs also became a new form of expression for graphic designers, among them artists from the country’s legendary Polish School of Posters. After the Soviet regime collapsed, many neon signs were destroyed in an effort to sever ties to a painful past.

Foto: Neon Museum

The Neon Museum was created as an initiative to preserve this phenomenon of cultural history. It currently hosts over 100 neon signboards, among them the mermaid Syrenka with her sword and shield, who had somehow managed to become the symbol of Warsaw and was displayed outside the city library. Other exhibits include signboards for a Chinese restaurant, hotels, a shoe store, and the label ‘Berlin’, which once graced a store selling East German textiles. Wandering through this cacophony of signboards, one has to admire their scale – some of them exceed a whole metre or more in height. Most of the inscriptions continue to shine in bright neon lights. Others rest against the wall, their lights having gone out, yet having lost none of their charm. No doubt, neon possesses a nostalgic magic. It’s impossible to not crack a smile when at this museum – neon has done its job, so to say, even on this greyest of autumn days in a grey city.

Soho Factory, Mińska 25, Praga District, 03-808 Warsaw
neonmuseum.org

11/2017

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