Wyspiański. Unknown

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - Sunday, May 5, 2019

  • Saturday, December 15, 2018 - Sunday, May 5, 2019

Acquired last year for the museum’s collections, Stanisław Wyspiański’s self-portrait form 1897 is one of the most important new exhibits at the exhibition Wyspiański. Unknown, launched by the National Museum in Kraków on 15 January to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth. It is the latest instalment in the monographic exhibition held at the museum’s Main Building since 2017, and the first public showing of the painting which remained forgotten for many years. Let’s not forget that Wyspiański made very few self-portraits, always at crucial times in his life and always imbued with symbolism. The painting, depicting the artist as full of energy at the peak of his artistic career, will be shown alongside ten other self-portraits held in Polish collections. The exhibition also shown other artworks by Wyspiański and objects from the art of books field. We will also see another recently acquired work: the pastel portrait of the Cracovian paediatrician Jan Rudolf Raczyński, painted by Wyspiański in 1904. (Dorota Dziunikowska, “Karnet” monthly)


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 15, concessions PLN 10, family PLN 25, admission free to permanent exhibitions on Sunday

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