Art Reveals Hidden Stories
December 19, 2013
Microstories, a new exhibition at the Królikarnia Palace, offers a fresh take on part of the modern art collection of the National Museum in Warsaw. Using anecdotes about various artists and their paintings, Microstories invites visitors to inspect pictures that normally gather dust in storage rooms. The exhibition comprises 32 paintings that the exhibition curators found particularly intriguing among the 5,000 items in the museum’s collection of modern art. Curator Magdalena Nowak says she and her colleagues wanted to uncover the stories behind the painters and their work, which is why the exhibition is divided into 20 “microstories.”
“It turned out that many of the paintings had some unusual stories connected with them,” Nowak said. Some of the paintings were found by accident during restoration work. For example, a second picture was discovered underneath one that was being restored. The history of such “uncovered” paintings was traced back through notes, inscriptions, stamps and other bits of information jotted on the back of the pictures. This time, some of the paintings are exhibited in a way that allows visitors to see them from all sides.
Visitors to the exhibition can also learn how a donkey in a painting lost its ears while the picture was in a storage room and how another painting ended up as a coat hanger.
Until March 2
Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture at Królikarnia Palace
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Open Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; www.krolikarnia.mnw.art.pl