The Explosion



Film and multimedia performance “The Explosion” by Andrzej Wajda is a modern counterpart to the Panorama of the Battle of Racławice painting. For the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk (museum under development) we have retold a moving story of the outbreak of the war and the first days of the September Campaign using videomapping technology.

The spectacle lasting over 20 minutes combines various elements: from unique archival photographs to documentary films from the Museum’s collection as well as scenes from films directed by Andrzej Wajda. The outcome is a collage-like performance assembling elements of film, theatrical staging and a spectacular sound and light show. With the use of multimedia elements, specially arranged space of the former gas tank and sound effects we created a heart touching story with the intention to capture the atmosphere of tension of the last days of peace and the horror of the impending conflict as best as we could. A large-format screen with a width of 80 metres encompassed the audience, enhancing the involvement in the presented content.

Special shows of the spectacle took place on 1 and 2 September 2014 as part of commemorative events marking the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.


Participating in the screening were, among others: President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski, President of Germany Joachim Gauck and Minster for Culture and National Heritage Prof. Małgorzata Omilanowska.


“Museum of the Second World War Gdańsk
WYBUCH (The Explosion)
Film and multimedia performance by Andrzej Wajda (…)”

Andrzej Wajda
Warsaw 25.VII.2014
Sokolnicki Fort

In a nutshell

20 min.
of animation
80m wide
2 & 3D Mapping