Treasured by historians, the fortifications which formed a bulwark of Festung Krakau, an ambitious 19th century project that was to safeguard the city from further conquest, will now be turned into museums, art galleries, equestrian centres and tourist ‘hotspots’.
Just five days after being elected as Poland’s first president in the newly independent second republic, Gabriel Narutowicz was gunned down in cold blood during the opening of an art exhibition. TFN’s Nick Westerby looks back at the extraordinary events 98 years ago today.
Influenced by the lifestyle contrasts that the fall of communism brought, the art of Andrzej Urbanski has thrilled critics.
The thief who walked out of Poznań’s National Museum with the seven-million-euro masterpiece and the only Monet in Poland under his jacket, would remain at large for 10 years. With a new film inspired by the true life events of 20 years ago now out, TFN’s Stuart Dowell looks back at the bizarre case of what has been described as the art heist of the century.
Just a short train ride from Warsaw are two contrasting cities that lie only a stone’s throw apart.
Chełmoński’s ‘Four-In-Hand’, considered to be the peak achievement of naturalism in Polish painting, is so big that instead of moving the paining the specialist work is being carried out on-site making it a unique opportunity for art lovers to see and learn about state-of-the-art restoration techniques.
The gallery under the hashtag #poznajdziełaodzyskane invites social media users to see and learn about how Poland managed to regain formerly lost works of art.
The go-ahead to reopen comes 53 days after the castle closed its doors in March and is part of the second stage of what the government is calling ‘defrosting the economy’.
Zdzisław’s Beksiński’s paintings are known around the world owing to the unique style of the Polish artist. From April 25 people have been able 50 of his paintings thanks to an online gallery. The physical gallery is located in Nowohuckie Centrum Kulftury (NCK) in Kraków. The paintings were painted mainly in the 1980s, from what is known as the “fantastic period” of the artist’s life during which he created most famous works.
From dancing dolls to ancient rat traps, the museum in the east has something for everybody.