National Museum in Krakow – Main Building
al. 3 Maja 1 | tel. 12 433 55 00
Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Andrzej Wajda – director, screenwriter, set designer and master of cinematic narrative awarded an Honorary Oscar. The exhibition WAJDA at the Main Building of the National Museum in Krakow takes us on a journey to the cinematic and theatrical achievements of one of the finest filmmakers of all time. The complex story of the life of the co-creator of the Polish film school who passed away in 2016 is based on screenplays, sketches and drawings he took as he worked, as well as props, costumes, stage designs and production documents.
Museum of Krakow – Hipolit House
pl. Mariacki 3 | tel. 12 422 42 19
Who are the contemporary bourgeois? The exhibition of the Museum of Krakow The Bourgeois at the Hipolit House explores the lives of the “contemporary bourgeois” and asks questions about their homes and identities. It will be presented in the context of the permanent exhibition of traditional Cracovian interiors of the Hipolit family near the Main Market Square.
17th Krakow Photomonth, You Are What You Eat
Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
pl. Szczepański 3a | tel. 12 422 10 52
The Krakow Photomonth Festival is among the leading photography festivals in Europe, and one of the most important visual arts eventsin Poland. 9 themed exhibitions in Krakow’s museums and galleries, Q&A sessions with artists, discussion panels, and workshops are only a few of the highlights of the annual festival. Krakow Photomonth will take place from 24 May to 23 June, 2019. The Main Programme in 2019 explores the motto “Like we like it”!
Nature in Art
Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
ul. Lipowa 4 | tel. 12 263 40 00
The exhibition Nature in Art at MOCAK reviews contemporary attitudes of humankind to nature in works by visual artists. We will find affirmation and depictions of natural beauty alongside fears for the future of our planet expressed as post-apocalyptic visions of destruction. The exhibition displays contemporary works of more than 70 artists from many countries, in techniques ranging from painting, photography and video to object and installation. The exhibition has been divided into five parts: beauty, ecology, confrontation, matter and symbol.
Gallery of the 19th-Century Polish Art
Branch of Nationa Museum in Krakow
Rynek Główny 1-3
Tue-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
The most famous collection of Polish 19th-century painting and sculpture, and the oldest branch and the first home of the National Museum set up in Kraków in 1879. The presentation opens with a somewhat smaller room gathering works dating back to the second half of the 18th century and the circle of patronage of Stanisław August Poniatowski, the last king of Poland before the country lost its independence in 1795. Also presented are other paintings and sculptures by the most distinguished artists of the following century, the time when Poland was under partition, notably of Piotr Michałowski, Artur Grottger, Jan Matejko, Henryk Siemiradzki, Jacek Malczewski, Leon Wyczółkowski, and Józef Chełmoński. The works of Polish artists, both those operating in Poland and émigrés – are more than examples of artistic tendencies characteristic of the time, as they are also witnesses of the Polish struggle for independence.
Sukiennice, Rynek Główny 1
Mon 10am-8pm (2nd Mon of the month closed), Tue 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun 10am-10pm
At a depth of several metres below the surface of the Main Market Square, from the Cloth Hall to St Mary’s Church, awaits a true treasure trove of information on Kraków’s past. To discover it, it is enough to descend into Rynek Underground (the entry is from the arcaded gallery of the Cloth Hall, from the side of St Mary’s). The development of the subterranean museum in 2005 was preceded by an archaeological study that brought plenty of new discoveries and historical exhibits. Walking the underground Following the traces of European identity of Kraków trail, we will feel the atmosphere of the bygone medieval market square and discover the ties connecting the royal capital city of Poland with the crucial centres of commerce and culture in medieval Europe.