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Statue: Chopin statue
War Memorial

Erection date: 18/5/2011


{On the front of the plinth:}
Fryderyk Chopin, 1810 - 1849.
'Simplicity is the highest goal achievable when you have overcome all difficulties.'

{On the left of the plinth:}
Unveiled by HRH the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO on the 18th May 2011 in the presence of Her Excellency Ms Barbara Tuge-Erecinska, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the United Kingdom, following restoration work by the Polish Heritage Society (UK).

{On the right of the plinth:}
This statue of Fryderyk Chopin by Bronislaw Kubica was a gift from the Polish nation in 1975 to thank the British people for their sacrifice in the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. 
'For your freedom and ours.' 

{Inscribed on the lower right of the statue:}
1974 B. Kubica

The statue is said to contain an urn with earth from Chopin's birthplace in Poland.

Site: Chopin statue (1 memorial)

SE1, Royal Festival Hall

First unveiled at the RFH on 26 February 1975, by the Duke’s mother, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, it was removed for safe keeping during building works in the mid 1980s. Some say it was then lost and only found, seriously damaged, in 2010 by the Polish Heritage Society. When it was decided to re-install it, it was sent to Poland and restored by the sculptor Robert Sobocinski. Its current location suggests to us that it is not a sculpture the RFH are particularly proud of.

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Chopin statue

Information Subjects commemorated

Frédéric Chopin

Composer. Born Zelazowa Wola, Poland of a French emigrant father and Polish m...

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Polish Heritage Society

Exists to remember, record and propagate among the wider British public the c...

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Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Grandson of George V, and son of Princess Alice. Patron of the Silver Jubilee...

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Bronislaw Kubica

Sculptor.  Polish. Active in 1974.

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Barbara Tuge-Erecinska

Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in 2011.

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