Genius Loci. Place – People – Collections. The first instalment

Friday, March 10, 2023 - Sunday, January 7, 2024

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  • Friday, March 10, 2023 - Sunday, January 7, 2024

The exhibition integrated in the permanent exhibition at the Jan Matejko House and planned to run throughout the year, the four instalments will recall the most important events and figures involved with the creation and history of this space, including the first items in its collection. We will also explore the museum’s fate during the wars of the 20th century and learn about the different people who resided at the tenement house over the centuries.

The Jan Matejko House

ul. Floriańska 41

This is where the most famous Polish painter of the 19th century, whose paintings generations of Poles became perfectly familiar with, was born.

The most famous Polish historical painter of the 19th century, the artist behind the monumental canvases describing the turning points in the history of Poland, was born in this mansion on ulica Floriańska. The paintings of Jan Matejko (1838–83) became known to generations of Poles. The museum faithfully reconstructs the decor and furnishing of the rooms from the time when the artist occupied them, embellishing it with numerous mementoes. The living room and bedroom have preserved original furnishings together with personal effects, trinkets, and family photographs. The painting gallery features, among others, sketches that preceded the great canvases, including Nicolas Copernicus and King John III Sobieski at Vienna, which are presented in far larger galleries in Poland. A video devoted to the work of the great master can be seen in his former workshop. The museum also contains testimonies to the collecting passions of Matejko: the artist gathered examples of artistic crafts and militaria from Poland, Europe, and the Middle and Far East, which he used as props for his paintings. Yet his collection contains not only fabrics, costumes, suits of armour, and weapons dating back to various periods in history, but also ancient instruments of torture.

Tickets: normal PLN 18, concessions  PLN 14, family PLN 36, admission free on Tuesday

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