The Tradition of Japanese Clothing

Friday, March 17, 2023, 10:00 AM - Sunday, December 31, 2023

  • Friday, March 17, 2023, 10:00 AM - Sunday, December 31, 2023

The exhibition "The Tradition of Japanese Clothing. Forms and transformations from around 1900 to the 1960s" is the first of three scenes of the series "Japan at the threshold of modernity. Design and patterning of clothes from around 1900 to the 1960s as an example of contemporary gifts in the National Museum in Krakow", presenting classic Japanese costumes and those characteristic of this extraordinary eastern tradition.

The exhibition is telling about the history and cut of kimonos and obi sashes, in addition to the fact that they tie up, as well as about extremely attractive short haori coats and michiyuki travel coats. In the second scene of the cycle, we develop the theme of traditional decorative motifs with an explanation of their origin and symbolism. The third exhibition presents Japanese costumes recorded in old photographs, albumen prints stored in the collection of the National Museum in Krakow.

"The idea behind the cycle is to show the gifts that the National Museum in Krakow has received in recent years. Emphasising the role of donors, we talk about the collection strategy of the NMK, we also show examples of woodblock prints from a donation given to us by Dr. Jens Wiebel.In the interiors of the Szołayski House, we present about a hundred robes and elements of Japanese garments, including century-old kimonos, and an unusual exemplary sheet of tanmono fabric from which they were sewn, over ten metres long.The exhibition is addressed to a wide audience. Each of the subsequent scene of the series has been designed in such a way that people with different degrees of interest in Japanese clothing and design, with different levels of education and at different ages, find special value in it." (Beata Romanowicz, curator)


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 18, concessions PLN 14, family PLN 36, admission free on Tuesday

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