The Museum of Urban Engineering in Kraków at ul. św. Wawrzyńca 15
30th Sept– 31st Jan, 2017

In the grey reality of the 1970s, there were not many things that were as desirable as your own car. The purchase of a license to produce “the Big Fiat” and the renewal of Polish-Italian cooperation enabled to make this dream come true. When the first cars drove off the production line on 28th November 1967 everyone wanted to have one. Initially, only the services and privileged individuals had the luck to sit at the wheel of the modern Fiat 125p which was a sign of high social status. However, as time went by and the dream came true, more and more people began to notice that Fiat 125p did not stand for luxury and prestige only, but it also meant day-to-day hardships which stemmed from socialist economy. Thus, Fiat 125p became the ideal illustration of the paradoxes of the Polish People's Republic, a marked contrast between propaganda and the reality.


Exhibition curator: Iwo Wachowicz
Exhibition coordinator: Robert Salisz
Exhibition layout and design: New Amsterdam
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