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Romantic Art in the Age of Chopin
October 1, 2010   
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The National Museum’s newest exhibition has been organized to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of the great Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. The Chopin—Iconosphere of Romanticism exhibition takes a look at the artistic scene in France and Poland during the first half of the 19th century.

The National Museum is displaying works by leading Polish and French artists of the Romantic period—that in which Chopin lived and worked—to show the public different facets of Romantic art and to place the great composer and his music in the broader context of European art and culture as it was in his day. The exhibition focuses on Chopin’s life in France and his contacts with his contemporaries, both local and Polish, then working in Paris.

Chopin is presented as a leading figure of the period; one whose compositions are on a par with the oeuvre of Paris’s greatest visual artists, such as Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Eugene Delacroix, Théodore Géricault, Paul Delaroche, Ary Scheffer, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, and Auguste Clésinger. The works of some of the great Polish painters of the period, including Piotr Micha³owski, Henryk Rodakowski, Józef Simmler, Jan Matejko, Artur Grottger, and Teofil Kwiatkowski, are on display as well.

There are just under 200 paintings on show. Many of these are on loan from museums and institutions in Poland and elsewhere, including such world-renowned institutions as the Musée de la Vie Romantique, the Musée Carnavalet and the Musée National Eugene Delacroix in Paris.


Until Nov. 14
National Museum, 3 Jerozolimskie Ave., Warsaw
Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tue.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed. and Thu.; noon to 9 p.m. Fri.; noon to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun.
Admission zl.17, zl.10 concessions. Free on Saturdays.
For more information, go to www.mnw.art.pl
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