The open-air photography display is now a part of the activities in the run-up to the Grand Finale. This year the exhibition is held under the title "We already have a record!" and it will be documenting the yearlong work of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation.
Jurek Owsiak, the Chairman of the Board and mastermind behind the Grand Finale charitable collection, describes the meaning of the title of the exhibition as follows:
Everyone asks – is there going to be a new record this year? The fact that we are coming together for the 26th time is a record in itself, don’t you think? We are ‘playing’ with Poles in the country and nationwide, creating a unique celebration, building a community and sending positive vibes to the good Angels sharing our joy and showing that we can create something wonderful together. This, in itself, is an amazing world record and we would like to thank everyone for taking part in this phenomenon. Regardless of how much money we raise – we are sure that each penny will go towards a carefully selected purchase. Especially now, when we would like to appeal for better care and attention to our health, this “Orchestra” meeting is more important than ever before. Let’s do everything in our power to ensure that we will meet in the following years – until the end of the world, and one day more!
26th Grand Finale charitable collection will take place in Great Britain, Republic of Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, France, Belgium, New Zealand, Australia, the US, Japan, Cyprus, China, Spain, Indonesia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Austria, Bali, and on the Pole of the Earth – on Polish arctic base in Horsund.
The pictures are displayed in the open-air gallery belonging to the Royal Łazienki Park and Residence. The park and palaces they contain used to serve as a summer residence of King Stanisław August. The complex, consisting of gardens, park, and classical palaces is now open to visitors.
Main features of the Royal Łazienki are:
The Palace on the Isle - used to serve as a king's summer retreat, now is housing the Royal Picture Gallery;
The Old Orangery, housing the Royal Sculpture Gallery with plaster copies of the most famous sculptures of the ancient world, and the Royal Theatre - one of the few remaining original European 18th-century court theatres;
The Myślewicki Palace, in which original polychromes by Jan Bogumił Plersch were preserved, including views of Rome and Venice;
The White Pavilion - the first building constructed in the Royal Łazienki by the initiative of Stanisław August - which houses the King’s Collection of Prints;
The Officer Cadets School with the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Room, and the picturesquely located Amphitheatre.
The impressive green areas of the Royal Łazienki include the Royal Garden, the Romantic Garden, the Modernist Garden as well as the new Chinese Garden.