Kraków 1900

Friday, June 22, 2018 - Sunday, June 2, 2019

  • Friday, June 22, 2018 - Sunday, June 2, 2019

Poland hasn’t been on the map of Europe for over a century, the Grand Duchy of Poznań – stripped of any remnants of autonomy – is ravaged by brutal Germanisation, while Congress Poland is terrorised by Russification. The one remaining haven of Polishness is Galicia, forming a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and granted a relative autonomy in 1867. Kraków, the informal capital of Poles stripped of their own nationhood, is at once a haven of conservative middle-classes and a hub of artistic bohemia.

The exhibition Kraków 1900 at Szołayski House takes us back in time to when the city aspired to the title of Poland’s Athens and the country’s spiritual capital. We will see paintings and sculptures from the collections of the National Museum in Krakow, as well as posters, prints, ceramics, clothes and textiles, everyday objects and archival photos. The exhibition includes works by the most important Polish artists from the turn of the 20th century: Teodor Axentowicz, Olga Boznańska, Julian Fałat, Konstanty Laszczka, Jacek Malczewski, Kazimierz Sichulski, Piotr Stachiewicz, Jan Stanisławski, Włodzimierz Tetmajer, Stanisław Witkiewicz, Wojciech Weiss, Witold Wojtkiewicz and Leon Wyczółkowski. The exhibits tell a story about Kraków and its communities, traditionalist burghers, artists and their muses, the city’s bohemia and its decadent night life. There will also be themes of politics, labour, trade, the emerging popularity of sport and the intelligentsia’s growing peasant-mania. (Dorota Dziunikowska, “Karnet” monthly)

The Feliks Jasieński Szołayski House

pl. Szczepański 9

Feliks “Manggha” Jasieński (1861–1929) was an eminent figure in Kraków at the time of Young Poland: one of Poland’s most outstanding collectors, and by far the greatest benefactor of the National Museum in Krakow.

Composed of approximately 15,000 items, his vast collection is the fruit of a life’s passion and nearly 40 years of persistent effort. It includes a collection of Polish painting, drawing, and sculpture, Polish and European prints from the 19th/20th centuries, art of the Far East (mostly from China and Japan, with the collector’s pseudonym being taken from Japanese woodcuts), artistic crafts from Europe and the Middle East from various periods, archives, old prints, and a library. In 1920, Jasieński entrusted his collection to the National Museum in Kraków. It was the benefactor’s wish that the collection would remain in Kraków in its entirety, and that a separate museum branch, designed especially for it and named after him, would be developed in the Szołajski House. Years later, the collector’s dream came true, and today regular exhibitions of his collections are organised under the motto Long Live Art! Feliks Jasieński's Collection. From Japan to Europe. Beautiful and Useful Objects. Other temporary exhibitions are also organised on the premises.

Tickets: normal PLN 12, concessions PLN 9, family PLN 20, admission free on Sunday

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