The Pianist, UNNY274G, 2003, Poland

The Pianist

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The gift is a sculpture representing a famous Polish pianist, Arthur Rubinstein, playing the Polish national anthem at the UN inaugural ceremony in San Francisco, in 1945. It is of a symbolic nature as Poland - a Founding Member of the United Nations - could not participate in the San Francisco Conference due to a disagreement.  At the ceremony Artur Rubinstein played the hors de programme piano rendition of the Polish national anthem and revealed only after he finished, what he had just played.  At the presentation ceremony in 2003,  the Deputy Secretary-Gereral remarked, "With this sculpture, Poland has immortalized a moment that goes to the very heart of our common history: the day when one of Poland's most gifted sons let his music speak for Poland at the Birth of the United Nations.

Location (Building): 
General Assembly (GA)
1st Floor
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Artist or Maker: 
W.W. Badynab
62 1/2 x 42 x 74 in.
Donation Date: 
September 25, 2003