1920. The Miracle of the Vistula

Friday, July 24, 2020 - Sunday, November 29, 2020

  • Friday, July 24, 2020 - Sunday, November 29, 2020

The British politician and diplomat Edgar Vincent D’Abernon, author of a list of decisive battles of the world, wrote about the 1920 Battle of Warsaw: “On the essential point, there can be little room for doubt; had the Soviet forces overcome Polish resistance… Bolshevism would have spread throughout Central Europe and might well have penetrated the whole continent.” Launched in July, the exhibition at the Szołayski House, branch of the National Museum in Krakow, presents propaganda posters and sketches from the front revealing the vast mobilisation of the reborn Polish society in their struggle against the “Bolshevik onslaught” (to 29 November). The exhibition features documents, medals, uniforms and period weapons. (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 20, concessions PLN 10, family PLN 40, admission free on Tuesday

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