Wrocław architects beat off over 130 competitors from both home and abroad to win stunning new Stanisław Wyspiański museum design
A new museum dedicated to Polish playwright, painter and poet Stanisław Wyspiański will be built in Kraków, his hometown.
The design which has just been chosen in an architecture competition will be built beside the National Museum in Kraków, forming a larger museum quarter.
It will be designed by Wrocław-based architects Heinle, Wischer und Partner Architekci, who were chosen in a competition. The results were announced on 11 October.
Over 130 projects from Poland and abroad were submitted.
According to director of the National Museum in Kraków Andrzej Betlej, the high number of entries reflects the subject’s huge potential and shows that the museum is needed.
The new museum will have an area of 6000 square metres, of which 2400 square metres will be used for the permanent exhibition.
It will also include a library, a café and a museum shop.
It will be made up of two longitudinal blocks: one for the permanent exhibition and the other to house the remaining functions.
Work on the building is expected to take four or five years.
Wyspiański’s initials will be inscribed on its façade. In front of the museum, there will be a garden with the colourful flowers that featured in his paintings.
In addition to welcoming visitors, the museum will be a centre for studying all of Wyspiański’s work, not just his art.
“It is also to be a research centre on the poetic and theatrical work of the genius, the most outstanding Polish artist of the early 20th century,” Betlej explained.
Born in Kraków in 1869, Wyspiański studied at the Jagiellonian University and the School of Fine Arts in the city.
As a young man, he travelled in Europe, before returning to Kraków in 1894.
His creative output ranged from pastel drawings to plays.
His best known work of drama is “The Wedding” (Wesele), about the marriage of a poet to a peasant girl.
He died of syphilis in 1907, at the age of just 38.
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