Jacek Malczewski – Romanticism

Friday, February 18, 2022 - Sunday, July 31, 2022

  • Friday, February 18, 2022 - Sunday, July 31, 2022

The exhibition of artworks by Jacek Malczewski at the Main Building of the National Museum in Kraków was inspired by the fact that 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Adam Mickiewicz’s Ballads and Romances, widely seen as the manifesto of Polish Romanticism. The presentation of 150 works from the museum’s archives and private collections introduces three main themes in the artist’s work rooted in traditions of Polish Romanticism. They are Messianism inspired by Juliusz Słowacki (including paintings from the Siberian cycle and several versions of the Death of Ellenai), his fascination with folklore, legends and fairytales, and Malczewski’s contemplations of art, inspiration and the artist’s responsibility.  

The Main Building

al. 3 Maja 1

The central phenomena of the Polish art of the 20th and 21st 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 (gallery closed until further notice) 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 Polish Art Gallery presents the chronology and key tendencies in painting, sculpture and printmaking as created by the Polish artists of the 20th and 21st century. The largest temporary exhibitions of the National Museum in Kraków are organised in specially designed halls.

Tickets to permanent galleries: normal PLN 28, concessions PLN 15, family PLN 56, admission free to permanent exhibitions on Tuesday

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