50 faces of sex
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - Sunday, December 31, 2017
In the heart of Cracow, in a Kromerowska building, the Main Square 23 a group of young enthusiasts of history, art and erotica offers the only Polish exhibition of erotic art - "50 faces of sex". The opening will take place on Valentine's Day. Inspired by the film "50 Shades of Grey" and the history of Cracow building where the exhibition is located. Works gathered in the gothic cellars of the Kromerowska building show a history of eroticism from the time of Cleopatra to "50 Shades of Grey", containing the sex life of old Cracow, is an overview of erotic art and love from Kamasutra to the latest electronic gadgets.
In the old Cracow, the Jagiellonian University created a lot of student dormitories. Most often the secrets of sex was introduced to students by wives of merchants,that where busy trading at the markets. For centuries, the apartment-hause at 23 Main Square hid many love stories. In the XV century, the owner of the building at 23 Main Square was Ludwik Kromer and his son George, who had a beautiful wife, Anna. After the death of George Kromer charming widow consoled handsome Italian - Fracielli, who in 1674 became the new owner. Then the building passed from hand to hand of Italian families and witnessed the Italian temperament sex families Mecotti, Licinia.
In the XVIII century, the house opened a patisserie Dominik Wielandt. Quickly became a place of assignation of Cracow, and in particular of Cracow councilors and military.General Joseph Wodzicki, a participant of the Kosciuszko Uprising, after drinking vodka in a candy store, as the story goes, often come down to gothic basement where "interrogated" the most beautiful townswomen Krakow "fished out" and stopped by the soldiers of the garrison, located right next to the town hall tower. For over 100 years next to the Kremerowska building stationed the garrison soldiers, whose men often felt to each other "forbidden" love, which they fulfill in deep hallways of this building.
After the great fire in 1850. building passed into the hands of the family Jaworski. In 1872 on the ground floor they opened a bookstore again. There started a literary salon, where he willingly came inhabitants of Cracow and the surrounding area. Young Wladyslaw Jaworski and his beautiful wife Paulina led the bookselling business on a big skale, owned by Valery Wielogłowskiego that although more than 20 years older, was secretly in love with the beautiful Paulina. Old Valery enrolled in fall his business to Paulina after his death. In the XIX century, the apartment-house witnessed the life and amours of the young artists Stanisław Wyspiański, Jacek Malczewski, Jan Matejko and Julian Fałat. When Jan Matejko was painting his famous painting "STAŃCZYK", he experienced unrequited love. He fell in love sixteen years old Teodora Giebułtowska. Perhaps the beautiful Paulina Jaworski, owner of the Kromerowska building , was the person that he talked about his experiences. Their intimate relationship inspired a remarkable copy of "Stanczyk", located in the collection of erotic exhibitions.
At the beginning of the XX century, one of the young booksellers Ferdynand Świszczowski fell in love in Zofia Gebethner, the daughter of Gustaw Adolf - the bookstore menager for many years. While reading erotic books wroten by Mickiewicz in the gothic cellar Zofia Gebethner gave "wreath" to the young Ferdynand. Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński and the artists of the interwar disenchanted the topic of eroticism in a backward society of Cracow, where the erotic postcards were sold from under the counter in the Cloth Hall and orgies were the way to spend evenings. It is said that Hans Frank - Governor General of the Third Reich - discovered in 1942 in the gothic cellars of the Kromerowska building extraordinary work created by an unknown artist, inspired by the image of Leonardo da Vinci, which gives the answer, where does the mysterious Mona Lisa smile comes from.
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