Mateusz Kołek. Entangled States

Friday, February 16, 2024, 6:00 PM - Sunday, April 7, 2024

  • Friday, February 16, 2024, 6:00 PM - Sunday, April 7, 2024

„Mateusz Kołek’s Kraków is magical, surprising, and very much Far-Eastern, while also being familiar, indigenous, even though ‘parallel’ in some way. Places that Cracovians know well and pass through or by on a daily basis suddenly take on a magical quality. They evoke emotions akin to those that we experience when viewing woodblock prints, imagining the time of samurai and geisha. A journey through this Kraków is far from everyday experience. It enables us to look at what is familiar in a new, fresh, unexpected and unpredictable way.

In our story, as we experience the adventure of Mateusz Kołek’s work, Kraków surfaces twice. The artist’s studio and the series Kraków provide the starting and concluding points for the tale of a journey into the world of imagination, which Mateusz once described as follows: “On the outside, you can hardly imagine a more static job: a desk, a chair, a sheet of paper, a pencil, a monitor, and hours spent in a single position. It’s a lot more interesting on the inside.”
Just how interesting? The only way to find out is by stepping inside the unpredictable”. (Przemysław Wideł, curator of the exhibition)

The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology

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The intriguing world of distant Japanese culture is a permanent element of Kraków’s cultural landscape.

The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology was set up as an initiative of Andrzej Wajda and his wife Krystyna Zachwatowicz, both fascinated by Japanese culture. When presented with the Kyoto Prize (the Japanese equivalent of the Nobel Prize, granted for philosophy, art, science, and technology) of $400,000 in 1987, Andrzej Wajda decided to assign it to the construction of a new museum in Kraków. The building was designed by an eminent Japanese architect Arata Isozaki in cooperation with Kraków architects Krzysztof Ingarden, Jacek Ewý, and JET Atelier.

The modern building by the bank of the Vistula was set up to provide a home for the lavish collection of the art of the Far East in the possession of the National Museum in Krakow. The main part is the magnificent collection of Japanese art presented to the museum by an eminent collector, Feliks Jasieński, in 1920. The name of the museum comes from the pseudonym taken by the collector. . Beautiful objects: woodcuts, objects of artistic craft including ceramics, costumes, fabrics, and weapons provide the starting point for regular presentations of various subjects connected with Japanese art, culture, and customs. External partners have their temporary exhibitions hosted here, and the museum function of the Manggha is combined with educational pursuits that promote knowledge of the culture of Japan and of other Asian countries.

Tickets: normal PLN 30, concessions PLN 20, admission free on Tuesday

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