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Ladies with a Dog and Monkey
July 29, 2011   
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The latest exhibition at the Królikarnia Palace takes its title after a painting by Nicolas de Largillierre, Portrait of a Lady with a Dog and Monkey. Items on show include paintings and drawings by 18th-century artists, fashion magazines from those years, a silk dress and a carved, shell-shaped sled from the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw.

These items are accompanied by works by contemporary artists, including Alfred Aberdam, Maurycy Gomulicki and Piotr Kurka, who reinterpret the style developed by Jean Fragonard, Francois Boucher and Antoine Watteau.

The exhibition fits well with the history of the venue. Designed by Domenico Merlini as an idyllic, Palladian palace, the Królikarnia Palace was built in the 1780s by Charles de Thomatis, the Count of Valery, who had a reputation as a gambler and reveler. Rumor has it that a theatrical troupe he managed included the mother of Giacomo Casanova, no less. Over the years, the Królikarnia Palace repeatedly changed owners and its interior was redesigned many times and used for different purposes. It was also destroyed and rebuilt several times.

Ladies with a Dog and Monkey
Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, Branch of the National Museum in Warsaw
Królikarnia Palace, 113a Puławska St., Open through Oct. 15
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