Main hall
06.03.2021 - 06.03.2022

The 95th anniversary of Andrzej Wajda’s birth is being celebrated by the Manggha Museum with an exhibition of selected items from the director’s archive documenting his life and work, to be shown for twelve consecutive months, between March 2021 and March 2022. Every month different materials go on display from the archive accumulated by Andrzej Wajda throughout his life and subsequently transferred by him to the museum of his founding.


In September, to celebrate the centenary of Stanisław Lem’s birth, the Manggha Museum has prepared an exhibition focusing on joint projects by the world-famous Krakow-based author and Andrzej Wajda. In his work, the director often looked to literature for plots for his films. He felt the desire to adapt Lem’s works for the screen several times. He and the writer worked together on such projects as The Futurological Congress and Invasion from Aldebaran, but regrettably both remained unrealized. The two artists held each other’s work in high esteem, as indicated by their surviving correspondence and numerous statements in their notebooks.

Relevant items in the Andrzej Wajda Archive include for example:

1. Notebooks in which Andrzej Wajda wrote ‘I have known two men with signs of genius – Lem and Kantor,’ and a suggestion to create a LEMOTHEQUE. In the last year of his life, Wajda wrote in his notes that he would like to revisit his idea to make the film Invasion from Aldebaran.

2. Screenplay for a television film Invasion from Aldebaran written in 1972.

3. Edward Żebrowski’s summary for a screenplay of the never-made film The Futurological Congress, with Andrzej Wajda’s added remarks and commentaries.

4. Correspondence exchanged between Stanisław Lem and Andrzej Wajda, in which the two artists declare how much they value each others’ works.

5. Kuba Sowiński's poster for the unrealized project of Andrzej Wajda Invasion from Aldebaran.

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