Organized for more than forty years, the Sybilla Museum Event of the Year competitions are one of the most important events in the Polish museum world. In this year's Sybilla competition, the winners were museums from large cities. As many as two prizes were awarded to museums in Łódź, and three to the Wawel Castle. What made these exhibitions and events stand out?
The Grand Prix, the award in the temporary exhibition category and the largest number of votes in the online poll went to the Wawel Royal Castle - ''State Art Collections for the temporary exhibition ''All the King's tapestries. Returns 2021-1961-1921''. The exhibition was seen by around 100,000 people from mid-March to the end of October 2021. Viewers had a unique chance to see 137 tapestries preserved to this day in Poland. An intriguing attraction was the mapping, a multimedia show using light and sound projected in the castle's arcade courtyard, and a series of meetings, lectures and guided tours led by tapestry specialists.
The award in the field of conservation went to the Fryderyk Chopin Museum at the Fryderyk Chopin National Institute for ''In Search of Lost Sound. Renovation of the last piano of Fryderyk Chopin''. Visitors to the eminent musician's Warsaw museum were able to see the conservators' work on the piano live.
The Museum of the City of Gdynia was honoured with an award in the field of education for the project: ''Year of Tadeusz Wenda. An educational project for the 100th anniversary of the start of construction of the Port of Gdynia''. The institution prepared a year-long programme of celebrations, including the unveiling of a mural featuring the figure of engineer Wendy, educational games, meetings or the distribution of oak seedlings, which are the symbol of Gdynia's port.
The jury decided to award the prize in the category of scientific and research projects to the Museum of Art in Łódź for the project ''Avant-garde Museum''. Employees of the Łódź museum created an exhibition that simultaneously traced exhibition projects from the inter-war period in four countries: Russia. Germany, the United States and Poland.
The Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź has decided to make available the permanent exhibition: ''City-Fashion-Machine''. At the exhibition, visitors will learn about the history of industrial Łódź. The exhibition was created in the modernized, the oldest wing of the White Factory, the former factory of Ludwik Geyer. It is one of the oldest monuments of industrial architecture in Poland.