At the end of 2017, the National Museum “Holodomor Victims Memorial”, together with the Ukrainian Centre for the Museum Development, initiated a project that included acquaintance of Ukrainian architects, designers, artists and museum workers with the leaders of world museum design.
The start of such a project was a meeting with Mirosław Nizio in December 2017. A Polish architect who was studying at the Faculty of Architecture and Interior Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in the field of interior design, he founded his own design company “Nizio Design International” in 1989, which distinguished itself by participating in the project on creation an exposition of the Warsaw Rising Museum in Warsaw and joined the creation of the Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, etc. The most famous project of “Nizio Design International” is the exposition of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews “POLIN” which covers an area of 4,000 sq. m. The exposition, created by more than 120 scientists and curators, includes multimedia stories with interactive installations, pictures, oral histories.
For Ukraine and Holodomor Victims Memorial, the issue of building museums and designing new expositions is now very relevant, so Mirosław Nizio shared his experience during meetings in Kyiv and Kharkiv. There are several basic architecture advices that can be singled out:
- – At the first stage, the main task is to formulate the goal clearly. At the start of the project, we need to work closely with customers and architects. An important role is always played by public discussions, definition of risk and costs.
- – Every detail should be considered: not only an integral image of the architectural form (which should be in harmony with the environment and exposure), but also the smallest details.
- – The main stages of work on the project of the museum: the scientific concept, the artistic and architectural concept, the development of scenography and the concept of exposure, and the implementation of the project.
- – In developing the architectural form, it is essential to take into account the features of the future scenography of the exposition, these two processes should not be separated from each other, but have to be complementary.
- – Simplicity is genial.
During his visit to Ukraine, Mirosław Nizio got acquainted with the exposition of the Hall of Memory of the Holodomor Victims Memorial, viewed the territory of the complex, talked with the architects working on the project of the second line of the Memorial complex, and also presented the work of his company for specialists and all those who are interested in Kyiv and Kharkiv.