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The polish library in Paris, offers 3 exhibitions dedicated to three famous polish citizen whom have had a strong connexion with France.
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), one of the most famous composer, had to exil to Paris in 1831. He lived there until his death. He is even buried in the Lachaise cemetery. He was the legendary pianist of Salon Pleyel and the famous Polish composer of mazurkas, waltzes and ballads. Belonging to the Romantic movement, Chopin brings the atmosphere of the time. Decorated with portraits of the musician and his family (George Sand, Julian Fontana, Wojciech Grzymała) and paintings from the time, the salon brings together personal items from the artist: letters, photographs, manuscripts, sheet music, chair from her last apartment Place Vendome.
The greatest Polish Romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855) was the Poles that Goethe was for the Germans, a symbol of national identity and cultural unity. The political emigrant spent much of his life in Paris where he made illustrious friendships and teaches at the Collège de France. The visitor can drown in his literary and spiritual universe, according to a rich collection of manuscripts, first editions of his works, personal items and correspondence with his great contemporaries (Victor Cousin, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Jules Michelet, Charles de Montalembert, Alfred de Vigny).
The exhibition presents the works of the sculptor, painter and playwright Boleslaw Biegas (1877-1954) of Polish origin, whose sculptures were then recognized as equal to the work of Rodin. Today, his works are presented in museums in Paris, Lyon and Rennes. Are displayed here also paints Olga Boznanska, Gustaw Gwozdecki or Paul Troubetzkoy, friends Biegas and the works of Polish artists of the School of Paris, such Rupczak January, Włodzimierz Terlikowski or Jan Waclaw Zawadowski.