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National Museum in Krakow

National Museum in Krakow

The Wyspiański Museum in the Szołayski House

ul. Szczepańska 11

www.muzeum.krakow.pl
muz.sw@poland.com

Public visiting hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Temporary exhibits open Tuesdays 10:00 - 18:00
The Museum is located in the seventeenth century Szołayski family home, expanded in the nineteenth and twentieth century. It was bequeathed to the National Museum in 1904 by Włodzimiera and Adam Szołayski and designated for usage in 1928. Initially (from 1934) the building was the seat of the Feliks "Manggha" Jasieński branch of the museum, but after the war a medieval art gallery was established here. In 2003, after a lengthy renovation the house was designated for the Stanisław Wyspiański Museum, in existence since 1983, previously located at ul. Kanonicza 9.
The Gallery of the Works of Stanisław Wyspiański boasts the largest collection of works by that renowned portraitist and landscape artist, representative of Polish symbolism and expressionism, and precursor to the national school of set design and typography as well as artistic handcrafts.

Among other items, the gallery contains interior designs, usable art objects, self-portraits of the artist and portraits of his friends, works associated with theatre and stained glass designs. The Stanisław Wyspiański Museum introduces visitors to the world of the Young Poland movement and the creative works of the leading Polish artists of the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Its multifaceted activities, touching on nearly every branch of the arts, allow us to get to know better the best examples of Young Poland painting, stained glass design, set design, and theatrical costumes and the furnishings of bourgeois living quarters of the Art Nouveau period. Available for viewing are also the original furnishings, cloaked in legend, created on the commission of Tadeusz Boy Żeleński and his wife Zofia for their Krakow flat. The stained glass designs are worthy of note, designed as decorations for the interior of the "Apollo" Home of the Association of Physicians, and "Lord God" for the Franciscan Church in Krakow. Wyspiański's self portrait is also on display along with portraits of his friends and children, now regarded as icons of Art Nouveau painting in Poland.

The other permanent exhibition, "Felix 'Manggha' Jasieński: a sketch for a portrait" is dedicated to one of the largest benefactors of the museum. It recreates the atmosphere of his Krakow flat, and is makes reference to the friendship between that great collector and the artists of the Young Poland era.  Portraits of him produced by the most influential artists, including Józef Pankiewicz, Władysław Podkowiński, and Leon Wyczółkowski can been seen here. Furniture, sculptures, fabrics, and other handcrafts once belonging to the collector give a sense of the appearance of the what the bourgeois Art Nouveau interior must have been like.
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The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013