Overview of Polish Art Since 1918
March 1, 2013
An overview of Polish art from the rebirth of Poland as an independent state in 1918 to the present is on show at the Gallery of 20th- and 21st-Century Art at the National Museum in Warsaw.
Arranged on 700 square meters inside the museum, this is Warsaw’s first permanent exhibition to feature such a wide overview of Polish art over the past century, shown in the context of Poland’s stormy and complicated history.
The gallery sets works by mainstream artists against works which challenge the political and social status quo. The earliest works on display date back to the first decades of the 20th century while the newest ones are from last year. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, engravings and drawings from the 1920s and 1930s, Polish avant-garde films, photographs, photographic montages, a selection of works by independent 1980s artists and videos and performance projects produced in the past four decades.
Artists featured in the exhibition include Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Władysław Strzemiński, Henryk Stażewski, Katarzyna Kobro, Józef Czapski, Wilhelm Sasnal and Katarzyna Kozyra, along with somewhat forgotten and obscure artists. Visitors to the gallery can also see multimedia works and videos by Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, Natalia Lach-Lachowicz, Józef Robakowski and Oskar Dawicki.
The National Museum’s collections of contemporary art are among the largest in Poland.
National Museum in Warsaw; 3 Jerozolimskie Ave.
Gallery open Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., closed on Mondays; Tickets zl.15 (regular) and zl.10 (concession), free admission on Tuesdays