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Dzień Wolnej Sztuki is organised in museums and galleries throughout the country since 2011. Studies say that statistically museum visitors spend in front of each work of art eight seconds. It ends up that the visitors literally “run” through the whole museum, and afterwards they are tired, angry, and at worst – completely unable to recal what they’ve seen. They become indifferent to art.

The cure for this type of passive and tiring museum visits is Dzien Wolnej Sztuki, in English called Slow Art Day. One day in the year, the museums worldwide affiliated under the banner of Slow Art Day are organizing special event, which aims to explore the museums and look at five objects only.

Through this event we want to heal the visitors of the complexes – many people think that they need to experience art with a knowledge or a guide. That’s not true – every image has to tell us a story and can speak by itself, you just need to actually look at it.

The event had been orginized for the first time in the National Museum in Warsaw, in May 2011. In 2012, thirteen museums in seven Polish cities engaged in the event: six branches of the National Museum in Krakow, MOCAK, the National Museum in Poznań, Łódź Art Museum, the National Museum in Szczecin, the National Museum in Wroclaw, Center for Contemporary Art “Signs of the Times” in Toruń and Zacheta in Warsaw. In 2013, 34 museums and galleries from 13 cities in the country joined us. In 2014 action gathered 51 museums in the country. In 2015 there were 63 museums involved.

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