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Etnološka tribina : Journal of Croatian Ethnological Society, Vol.40 No.33 December 2010. -

The article explores the ways folk art in Poland has been socially constructed and used, from the late 19th-early 20th-century interest among architects, designers, ethnographers and art historians, the People’s Republic of Poland’s -Cepelia-, to the contemporary folk art-inspired gadgets and design. The article maps out some of the circumstances and dynamics of the process of social construction of folk art in Poland, that relate to such central elements of modernity as primitivism and national ideology. It also scrutinizes folk art and craft-inspired tendencies in Polish design of the early 21st c. and the role of ethnographic museums in its promotion.

folk art; social construction; national ideology; Poland; ethnographic museum

Author: Ewa Klekot - ; Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology University of Warsaw, Poland



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