Wincenty Wodzinowski. The tender observer (1866–1940)

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 5:00 PM - Sunday, November 3, 2024

  • Thursday, June 27, 2024, 5:00 PM - Sunday, November 3, 2024
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 The Museum of Krakow would like to invite you to the new temporary exhibition at the Krzysztofory Palace.

The exhibition recalls the life and rich artistic heritage of Wincenty Wodzinowski (1866, Igołomia - 1940, Kraków), whose works can be found in nearly every larger museum collection and have recently became sought-after in the auction market with ever-growing price estimates. Visitors will set off on a journey following the footsteps of the artist; a bard of the beauty of the countryside near Kraków, a passionate social activist committed to the city life of both Kraków and Podgórze, and a patriot - legionnaire, one of the students of Jan Matejko and a student of the Munich Academy. Collaborating with Wojciech Kossak and Jan Styka on the Racławice Panorama was a significant moment for his career. The exhibition is aligned with the mission of the Museum - it constitutes yet another story of Kraków seen through the life of its ordinary-extraordinary citizen. It constitutes the first attempt at a monographic approach to the painter's works set against the wider context of Kraków’s history and culture at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. In a way, the exhibition complements the previous presentation of Włodzimierz Tetmajer’s work, also held at the Krzysztofory Palace.

The exhibition will present a number of takes on the figure of Wincenty Wodzinowski - a citizen of Kraków, Podgórze, and Swoszowice in one person:

  • a painter appreciated by art critics, a representative (along with, among others, W. Tetmajer) of the informal ‘Five’ art group consisting of the students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and Monachium and students of Jan Matejko, a creator of the peasant mania trend in the Polish painting at the turn of the 19th and 20th century,
  •  an artist fascinated by the cultural richness of the countryside surrounding Kraków, an author of numerous portraits depicting ‘folk types’ and colourful genre scenes featuring multiple characters, an artist whose favourite model was Kraków-famous ‘Beautiful Zośka’, a co-creator of the Racławice Panorama by J. Styka,
  •  a member and donor of the Association of the Ethnographic Museum in Kraków, which, guided by S. Udziela, initiated the establishment of a museum,
  •  a distinguished creator in the field of art who spent over 15 years creating - on an almost exclusive basis - for the famous, eccentric patron of the arts, count Ignacy Korwin-Milewski - a creator of unique collection of works by Polish painters such as J. Matejko, A. Gierymski, J. Chełmoński, J. Kossak oraz L. Wyczółkowski, working at an art studio founded by the count in Swoszowice,
  •  a distinguished activist committed to numerous organisations in Kraków and Podgórze, such as the Kraków Society of Friends of Fine Arts,
  •  an activist in Podgórze who initiated the establishment of ‘Sokół’ in Podgórze and participated actively in the process of merging Kraków and Podgórze as a part of the Great Kraków.
  •  a person who went down in history as a legionnaire faithful to his homeland and an artist immortalising the life of Polish legions,
  •  a ‘head’ of the exceptional family, father of Wincentyna Wodzinowska-Stopkowa and father-in-law of the remarkable Polish set designer, Andrzej Stopka, both recognised by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations for the aid they provided to Jewish people during World War II, including Zuzanna Ginczanka, an extraordinary poet.

The Krzysztofory Palace

Rynek Główny 35

Here you can see how Kraków has changed over the centuries, and in winter also marvel at the fabulously colourful Kraków nativity scenes.

The impressive historical mansion (called “palace”) standing on the corner of the Main Market Square is the main seat of the Museum of Krakow, which boasts several other branches. One of its highlights is the beautiful arcaded loggia of the courtyard, while the stately interiors have retained baroque stuccowork from the 18th century, and 18th-and 19th-century murals. Legend has it that the cellars and dungeons of the mansion reach as far as below St Mary’s Church, and the premises are likewise said to have housed a secret alchemist’s laboratory. Some say that even today you can meet a devil here who assumes the guise of a rooster to tempt rogues into his underground realm with a promise of discovering treasure…

Also held in the mansion are temporary exhibitions. Every December, the museum organises a competition on the Main Market Square of the famous Kraków nativity scenes. These are based on city’s most iconic architectural heritage, whether entire edifices or just details, on the Main Market Square. Later, the post-competition presentation of these fabulously colourful miniature wonders of architecture can be admired at the Krzysztofory.

Tickets to permanent exhibition PLN 28/24, family PLN 56, group members PLN 24/22

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