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The Tatra Museum's exhibition "The Time of the Tatra Explorers" ended in the Gallery of Art in Koziniec and reopened in Museo Nazionale della Montagna in Turin, Italy at the end of November, 2009.


Within the scope of the exchange scheme with Museo Nazionale della Montagna in Turin, the Tatra Museum presents this exhibition in Italy under the Italian title "Alla scoperta dei Tatra. Arte e tradizione della montagna polacca". The opening in Turin took place on November 26, 2009. The exhibition will run until April 5, 2010.

Museo Nazionale della Montagna is the largest museum in the world dedicated to mountains. The idea of creating a mountain museum in Turin was born in 1874 by the first members of Club Alpino Italiano, the fourth national climbing organization in the world. Then, in the former Capuchin monastery on Monte dei Cappuccini, a small pavilion was opened as well as a standing telescope, through which one could see the exceptional 400-km wide panoramic view of the Alps. In subsequent years, the museum gradually expanded, and its last extensive renovation was carried out before the XX Winter Olympic Games held in Turin in 2006.

Museo della Montagna, alongside its permanent exhibition, organizes many temporary exhibitions and has the world's largest mountain documentation centre and a collection of mountain-related films and photographs. It is also the headquarters of the International Alliance for Mountain Film, the organization of mountain film festivals, which admitted the Zakopane Mountain Film Festival in early 2009.

Walery Eljasz's painting from 1893 "Tourists in the Tatra Mountains (by Morskie Oko Lake)" is used as the promotional image of the exhibition and it features also in the exhibition catalogue and prints.

The exhibition has been made possible thanks to the support of 
the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Małopolska Region
 and the Piedmont Region.

The partners of the project:  Municipality of Zakopane, WARTA S.A., Municipality of Turin, Club Alpino Italiano.

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