“1979. Light in the Dark ” – Wojtyla Under Surveillance


On June 7, at the Museum of the Family Home of John Paul II in Wadowice, we opened another exhibition prepared in cooperation with the Institute of National Remembrance: “1979. Light in the dark. ” Her script could boldly become a canvas of Hollywood film production – shows the history of Karol Wojtyła’s surveillance by the communist security services. The point of 40 years of working out the future Pope and his friends was an unsuccessful attempt on St. Peter’s Square.

Cooperating on the concept, we paid attention to the layout and form of the main exhibition by Barbara and Jarosław Kłaput (designers including the outstanding Museum of the Warsaw Uprising). We tried to make the content of our mini-exhibition refer to the rooms preceding and following it. It was supposed to be different from the rest of the climate, hence the dominant color, red – the color of communism, sepa- rated old photos and minimalist typography. We devoted the most attention to photo retouching and graphic design of documents from the SB archives. The layer of archival, previously unknown sources of PRL security services is a great asset of this exhibition.

When and where: 2019, Wadowice
For whom: IPN Kraków (Institute of National Remembrance)


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