Creative Works Center
In the autumn of 1944 Radziwiłł family open their house for the refugees from the ruined capital, Warsaw, where several families, mostly the representatives of artistic intelligentsia, found shelter. The administration of the museum founded in February 1945 took care of those people. As early as in September 1945 Maria Dąbrowska came for the first time to Nieborów to stay longer. In this natural way the guest rooms in Nieborów started to function. They allowed scientists, writers and artist to take up their activities and to start to rebuild scientific and artistic activity in a completely ruined capital. Since that time Nieborów has been visited by most noble Polish personalities of science, culture and art. Nieborów’s most popular visitors have been Maria Dąbrowska, Zofia Nałkowska, Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński, Xawery Dunikowski Jan Parandowski, Władysław Tatarkiewicz, Tadeusz Kotarbiński.In 1970s the frequent guests were Anna and Monika Żeromska, Antoni Słonimski, Kazimierz Serocki, Zygmunt Mycielski, Jerzy Antczak, Jan Rybkowski. The tradition has lasted since the last years when Nieborów was visited by Julian Strykowski, Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, Ryszard Kapuściński and Sławomir Mrożek. Even foreign artists, namely Jean Cocteau, Paul Eluard, Paul Cazin, Anna Seghers, Leopold Stokovsky, Artur Rubinstein and Emilio Vedova stayed in the guest rooms of the Nieborów residence. In 1980s Nieborów willingly hosted social and political opposition activists Edward Lipiński, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Halina Mikołajska and Janina Zakrzewska. Other celebrities also visited Nieborów while visiting Poland - Zbigniew Brzeźiński and Jan Nowak Jeziorański. Among those who were the guests in Nieborów are also cardinal Józef Glemp, Marshal of the Sejm Maciej Płażyński, president Lech Wałęsa. Nieborów also hosted worldwide celebrities such as Jean Poniatowski, Willy Brandt, Raisa Gorbachov, George Bush and the Queen of Spain Sophie.
The event with political overtone was the visit of President John Kennedy’s sisters – Eunice Shriver and Jean Smith in 1961 and some time later Karolina Lee Bouvier – Radziwiłł – sister of Jaquwline kennedy the wife of Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł who was raised in Nieborów. He himself visited Nieborów in 1975. Since then it has become a rule for the members of Radziwiłł family living abroad to visit their ancestral residence and be guided by Izabela Radziwiłł, her daughter Krystyna or daughter-in-law Nicole. Several years ago the direct ancestors of the last owner of Nieborów visited it – John Radziwiłł from New York, Piotr Potocki from Madrid, Krystyna Potocka née Radziwiłł from Paris. In June 1992 at a picnic, that took place in the Nieborów residence on the occasion of the wedding of the granddaughter of Janusz Radziwiłł, Krystyna Maria “Kika” Milewska to Stanisław Dwernicki, there was a great gathering of almost all the members of the Radziwiłł, Potocki and Dwernicki families, scattered today throughout the whole world.
The palace in Nieborów is also a place of important rallies, conferences and symposia devoted to artistic, cultural and political debates. Since the 2nd World War, over a thousand such meetings have been held. It is enough to say that the list includes the International Museum Campaign under the protectorate of UNESCO held in 1956 and the Conference for Central European Integration with the European Community held in October 1998, organised by Stefan Górski, the present curator of the Nieborów residence.