Tradition as an intangible value passed from generation to generation constitutes a primary dimension of cultural systems. It is from tradition that material objects, as a reflection of a given community’s culture, come into existence.
A coniferous tree, a Christmas tree — in many cultures considered a symbol of life, rebirth, endurance and fertility. In Poland, it is a symbol of Christmas, present in nearly everyhouse. This custom has its roots in folk tradition, in which the evergreen tree was treated as an object with magical properties, protecting from evil spirits, disasters, diseasesand exorcising evil.
“Display” stems from considerations concerning tradition and rituals, in this case related to the period of Christmas and the holiday of Candlemas celebrated in February, whenornaments are removed from Christmas trees in Polish houses and subsequently, disposed of. All objects placed in the gallery are this year’s Christmas trees from Kraków’s houses and churches.