The Clothed Home: Tuning In To the Seasonal Imagination

Friday, May 20, 2022 - Tuesday, June 28, 2022

  • Friday, May 20, 2022 - Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The exhibition at the Szołayski House explores the ways in which textiles have been used to reflect the rhythm of seasonal changes in domestic interiors.

Today, as we spend most of the time in centrally heated apartments and air-conditioned offices, we have become indifferent to the circadian rhythm and nuances of nature’s changing cycles. Recalling bygone domestic rituals can help us tune in with the seasons again: cultivate our relationship with the natural world and react more attentively to its changes.

In the pre-electricity era, textiles were widely used as seasonal clothing for architecture. They helped adapt domestic spaces to the twelve phenological seasons characteristic of the Central European climate zone. The recurring appearance of textiles in domestic interiors allowed for conscious participation in the cycles of nature – in celebrating the passage of time, with an enhanced sense of immersion in the circadian rhythm and the sequence of light and darkness. As a result, ‘The Clothed Home’ functioned as a resonator, helping residents feel the pulse of the natural world..

The exhibition, organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, was shown in the Polish pavilion at the London Design Biennale 2021.

The Feliks Jasieński Szołayski House

pl. Szczepański 9

The residential building at Szczepański Square reached its current form in the 1820s. In 1904, it passed into the hands of the Kraków commune with the aim of becoming a museum, and its history has been varied ever since: in 1934 it held the Feliks “Manggha” Jasieński branch of the National Museum, after the Second World War it presented a gallery of mediaeval art, and in the 21st century it was the temporary home to the Stanisław Wyspiański Museum. It’s also worth noting that in 2021 the museum finalised a few important projects, and Wyspiański’s works, forming a core part of the history of Polish design, go on show on 3 December at the new branch of his museum at the former granary at Sikorskiego Square. In the meantime, the Szołayski House has become a space for completely new artistic experiences by presenting previously unshown works from the National Museum’s collection: two new permanent exhibitions heralding the Museum of Architecture and Design which will be located in the former Hotel Cracovia. For the time being, the extensive selection of works from the National Museum’s collection and artworks created as part of an ongoing collaboration with Polish designers are presented at the historic Szołayski House.

Tickets to permanent exhibitions: normal PLN 28, concessions PLN 17, family PLN 56, admission free on Tuesday

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