The Herbsts. Unfinished Stories

curators: Dorota Berbelska, Magdalena Michalska-Szałacka

The exhibition, based on newly discovered archive materials, tells the story of two generations of the Herbst family. Held at the Herbst Palace Museum, the exhibition unconventionally reveals the story of the owners of the palace set against the background of the history of Łódź at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. Its title – Unfinished Stories – refers both to the relationships of the family to the city severed by historic events, and to the continued research into the history of the industrial Łódź.

The textile industry boom led to the overnight transformation of a small town of Łódka into one of the most important European cities of the turn of the 19th and 20th century. The dynamic development resulted, within a short period of time, in the birth of fortunes of industrial families, including the Herbsts.

The activities of the Herbsts were not limited to attending their investments and multiplying their riches. Both Edward and Matylda were involved in public and charity activities. They co-founded hospitals, financially supported construction of temples of different religions, actively participated in the life of the city.

The exhibition presents the story of the Herbst family and the reality of the industrial city they lived in by means of photographs and films, among others. The concept of the exhibition, based in detailed research was prepared by the curators – Dorota Berbelska i Magdalena Michalska-Szałacka.

20.09.2013-30.06.2014 / Mon: closed, Tue-Sun:11:00 – 17:00 /

/guided tour of the exhibition (Wunderteam: Paulina Stępień, Magda Koziej): 25.10, 19:00

Venue: Herbst Palace, Przędzalniana 72 Str.