Unveiled on Tuesday in the Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in the Kraków’s Cloth Hall, Maksymilian Gierymski's 1872 landscape Winter in a Small Town is considered one of the most important pieces of Polish art.
Included are extraordinary gifts given to the late Pope such as a metal relief excavated from a mass grave of Polish officers murdered by the NKVD, a crucifix carved by a concentration camp prisoner from a toothbrush, handwritten notes and never-before- seen archival documents from his student life in Rome.
Hidden from the Swedes, looted on the orders of Empress Catherine of Russia, spirited away down the Vistula three days before the Germans entered Krakow in 1939, evacuated to Romania, then to France, Britain and finally to Canada, the tapestries are one of Poland’s most important treasures and a symbol of its tumultuous history.
VIDEO: A portmanteau of 'sensual' and 'monster', the 4.5-metre-long Senster enthralled audiences in the early 1970s, at a time when space exploration and mechanical revolution made anything seem possible.
A poster campaign publicising the spiritual legacy of St. John Paul II, organized by the Polish Institute in Budapest, is now on display in the Hungarian capital’s metro.