The Situation Has Changed
Friday, April 20, 2018 - Sunday, December 22, 2019
The Main Building
al. 3 Maja 1
The central phenomena of the Polish art of the 20th century, the history of Polish weaponry and...
During the 20th century, the world accelerated like never before and all aspects of our lives were revolutionised. Always striving to keep ahead of the collapse of social order, political turmoil and technological progress, artists created new movement and trends. The exhibition The Situation Has Changed at the Main Building of the National Museum in Krakow presents the kaleidoscope of some of the most important artistic trends of the 20th century through a selection of a hundred exhibits from the museum’s collection.
The Main Building
al. 3 Maja 1
The central phenomena of the Polish art of the 20th century, the history of Polish weaponry and uniforms, a gallery of crafts, and a dozen major temporary exhibitions each year.
The quickly expanding collection of the National Museum, set up in 1879, soon needed space that Kraków did not have at that time. That is why the idea to erect a new building that at the same time would commemorate the many years of efforts to regain Poland’s independence was born early in the 20th century. Immediately after the end of the First World War, already in free Poland, funds for the construction of an appropriate seat began to be raised. The construction of the building by the imposing Aleje Trzech Wieszczów, staked out just two decades earlier, began in 1934. Today, the National Museum in Kraków boasts several branches, with no fewer than three permanent galleries in the Main Building alone. Deposited on the ground floor are the collections of militaria: the exhibition Arms and Uniforms in Poland presents the history of the Polish military from the Middle Ages to the Second World War. The Gallery of Decorative Arts boasts collections of fabrics, goldsmithry, glass, ceramics, furniture, musical instruments, and Judaica that let the visitor trace changes in style from the early Middle Ages to the 20th century. The Gallery of 20th-Century Polish Art presents the chronology and key tendencies in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography as created by the Polish artists of the previous century (gallery closed until further notice). The largest temporary exhibitions of the National Museum in Kraków are organised in specially designed halls.
Tickets to permanent galleries: normal PLN 10, concessions PLN 5, family PLN 20, admission free to permanent exhibitions on Sunday
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - Sunday, May 5, 2019
Irena Kalicka. Harvest Festival
Friday, January 25, 2019, 6:00 PM - Sunday, March 31, 2019
Opera Rara Festival 2019
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019
Materia Prima 2019
Friday, February 15, 2019 - Saturday, February 23, 2019
St Mary’s Church
Rynek Główny 5A history spanning over eight centuries, a high altar by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz), a bugle call, the...
Wawel HillA limestone rock rising above the Vistula in the centre of Kraków, an ancient centre of...
ICE Kraków Congress Centre
ul. Konopnickiej 17A modern venue hosting concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, congresses, conferences, and...
Rynek Główny 1-3One of the symbols of city, a pearl of renaissance architecture, Kraków’s oldest...
Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory
ul. Lipowa 4Where the tumultuous history of a world war meets everyday life, and private lives – a...
WawelThe cave that the legendary dragon inhabited leads down from Wawel Hill to the bank of the Vistula....