Stanisław Wyspiański Museum. The second instalment

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The second instalment of the permanent exhibition at the Stanisław Wyspiański Museum, launched in February 2023, is the result of efforts by the museum’s team to showcase the fragile artworks and preserve them for future generations.

Opening: 14 February 2023.

The new exhibition puts Wyspiański’s personality and life at the forefront, and follows a similar layout to the previous instalment. The artworks are divided by theme, and there is a focus on large-scale works.

The National Museum in Krakow holds the largest collection of the artist’s work in Poland, and the exhibition reflects this by presenting his most famous works alongside those less well known, showcasing his mastery of the craft of drawing, including early pencil sketches in notebooks, Parisian studies in chalk and charcoal, and ink vignettes.

The building’s basement holds Wyspiański’s book collection and first editions of dramas and writings by other authors for which he designed covers and illustrations. There is also a selection of his theatre works, such as posters for his plays and selected photos and excerpts of films of some of the most famous performances of his literary works.

Tickets: normal PLN 18, concessions PLN 12, family PLN 36, admission free on Tuesday
A visit to the Museum is subject to a seat reservation.

The new Stanisław Wyspiański Museum

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Since 2021, the Old Granary has housed the Stanisław Wyspiański Museum: an exhibition space and a place for research into the biography, works and artistic techniques of one of Poland's most outstanding and versatile artists – playwright, poet, painter, graphic artist, theatre reformer and interior designer.

The National Museum in Krakow holds the largest collection of Stanisław Wyspiański's works in Poland, comprising over 1,100 objects. The most important are portrait and landscape paintings, as well as a set of designs for decorating Krakow's churches and public buildings: the Franciscan Church, Wawel Cathedral and the Medical Association House. The collection also includes drawings, textiles, furniture, sculptures, engravings and art books. The outstanding and unique character of these collections is presented on the three floors of the Granary: the ground floor, first floor and basement.

By opening a separate department to present the works of Stanisław Wyspiański, the Museum is continuing its rich history of educational and exhibition activities to popularise his works, first undertaken shortly after the artist's death in 1907. They resulted in monographic exhibitions, e.g. in the Cloth Hall (1912, 1930) and in the Main Building (1957, 2000, 2007, 2017, 2019), as well as in biographical museums devoted to him: in Kanonicza Street (1983–2002) and in the Szołayski House in Szczepański Square (2004–2012).

In order to ensure the safety of the collections for a permanent exhibition, it was necessary to adapt the conditions to the most sensitive objects, and thus to select the right light intensity and exposure time for the reaction of the materials used by the artist. For these reasons, the exhibition will come in two versions, changing every year. Moreover, in comparison with other branches of the National Museum in Krakow, it is open to visitors for a shorter time during the week.

Tickets: normal PLN 18, concessions PLN 14, family PLN 36, admission free on Tuesday
A visit to the museum is subject to a seat reservation. Entry to the museum by purchasing tickets at the box office is possible subject to availability of vacancies. Buy a ticket online:

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