The current (temporary) seat of Wrocław Contemporary Museum was constructed in 1942 as an air-raid shelter. However, the building almost immediately began to perform other functions. During the five months of functioning of the “Shelter” cinema, we are looking at the history of this unique venue by means of film art. Our series of screenings will finish with the documentary “The Shelter” by Fernand Melgar, one of the most outstanding contemporary documentarians.

“The Shelter” premiered in Poland at the end of 2014 during the Watch Docs festival, which Melgar won a few years ago with his film “Special Flight”. This time, the director takes us to a homeless shelter in Lausanne, which is situated in a former nuclear shelter. The shelter offers a limited number of places and each night its employees have to choose those who can spend the night there, and those who will be declined this possibility.

By organising a film cycle at the museum – a former air-raid shelter, we would like to pose a number of questions. During our final meeting, we would like to focus on homelessness and the idea of adapting old shelters to performs new functions.

On 2 September, 2011, Wrocław Contemporary Museum opened in the adapted interiors of the former air-raid shelter. After the fall of Festung Breslau, in the first years of the People’s Republic of Poland, a train of Gypsy wagons used to stop next to it. In the 1990s, what is now MWW’s offices served as a cigarette warehouse, a sex shop or the “Bunker” pub.

The cycle is curated by Lech Moliński, co-founder and vice-president of Wrocław Film Foundation (, a journalist and culture activist. It is organised by Wrocław Contemporary Museum in partnership with Wrocław Film Foundation.