Stunning ‘never-before-seen’ art goes on show at Independence exhibition
A new exhibition to celebrate Poland regaining independence 100 years ago is set to give visitors a treat by displaying hitherto unseen pieces of art from some of Poland’s artistic greats.
The sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints come from collections housed at Warsaw’s National Museum and are supplemented by art pieces on loan from other cultural institutions, including the national museums in Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań and Kielce, and from the Polish Army Museum.
Other pieces have been donated from the Society of Friends of the Fine Arts in Kraków, the Jewish Historical Institute and the Jagiellonian Library in Kraków.
Piotr Rypson, acting director of the National Museum in Warsaw, said before the opening: “This exhibition offers an unconventional take on commemorating Poland's independence.
“We are going to present numerous works that have never, or not for a very long time, been shown to contemporary visitors.”
Among the long-lost masterpieces are sculptures of Poland’s pre-war leader Marshall Józef Piłsudski, forgotten paintings by Stanisław Fabijański and a graphic series created by Abel Pann and Wilhelm Wachtel.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is a rare example of Polish art created in the ‘futurism’ style called ‘Charge’ by Jerzy Hulewicz
Other works by some of Poland’s most significant early-20th century artists include pieces by Zofia Stryjeńska, Jacek Malczewski, Tytus Czyżewski, Roman Kramsztyk, Władysław Skoczylas or Stanisław Lenz.
The exhibition will also show pieces from contemporary artists Piotr Uklański and Przemysław Trust Truściński, who were invited by the curators to adapt older works into a modern interpretation.
The museum will also hold debates on subjects such as national identity, collective memory and national art.
Shouting: Poland! Independence 1918
26 October 2018 – 17 March 2019
National Museum in Warsaw
Aleje Jerozolimskie 3
National Museum in Warsaw opening hours:
Tuesday-Thursday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Fridays: 10.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Reminder: On 11th November, entry to the National Museum in Warsaw will be free of charge.