New auditorium for music and art lovers

Revitalization of the historic building of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice has been finished. Music and art lovers can now admire completely new interiors of the Bogusław Szabelski auditorium.

Thanks to the revitalization the academy gained a concert hall for 145 spectators, who will take part in organ concerts, recitals, student performances, music therapy workshops as well as music activities for children and senior citizens starting from April 2016.

The work in the auditorium involved the reconstruction and conservation of unique polychromes decorating the auditorium interior and painted between the years 1901-1904 by Emil Noellner. The most precious and interesting paintings were restored on the eastern and western walls of the auditorium. „Their subtle hues contrast sharply with the deep colours of the ceiling. They all create suggestive illusions of perspectivally opening spaces filled with buildings” – said professor Ewa Chojecka, art historian involved in the renovation process.

An integral part of the project was the construction of a pipe organ by the Anton Škrabl company from Slovenia, which cost PLN 1,2 million.

Apart from the restoration of the auditorium, following works were conducted: renovation of the roof including the attic ceiling elements of the building and improvement of the natural ventilation, renovation of the building facade, restoration of the main door, replacement and restoration of windows as well as renovation of the building fence.

The Furmanek Renewal company from Daleszyce, Poland was responsible for the renovation works. The total cost of the works amounted to PLN 8,74.

The undertaking was financed from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 as well as the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the „Conservation and Revitalization of Cultural Heritage” programme. The total value of the project amounts to PLN 10,66 million.

The ancient building of the Academy of Music in Katowice is located at 33 Wojewódzka St.