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National Museum in Krakow

National Museum in Krakow

The Mehoffer House

ul. Krupnicza 26

www.muzeum.krakow.pl
mnkmehoffer@wp.pl

Public visiting hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 – 16:00

The museum is situated on ul. Krupnicza in the house, which Józef Mehoffer – one of the greatest of the Young Polish artists and a student of Jan Matejko - purchased in 1932 and fitted out with stylish furniture, artworks and artistic craftworks. Józef Mehoffer was a painter of modern polychromes, a celebrated European stained glass artist, and the creator of such works as the monumental stained glass of the cathedral in Fribourg. His paintings  are found in all of the foremost galleries in the country, as well as in Vienna, in Lviv, and in other European cities. In 1986 the house was donated to the National Museum in Krakow, in accordance with the will of the artist's family, and opened to the public in 1996.

The interior of the house comprises a biographical museum of the artist in reference to his original conception. It has the form of an interior museum, with the rooms generally occupied by the same historical furniture and everyday items as before, forming an excellent example of Art Nouveau craftsmanship.

In several spaces on the ground floor and the rooms on the first floor of its recreated interior, visitors can see the artist’s paintings, stained glass, decorative art designs, studios and family mementoes. Among the most interesting items in the museum are: The Vita somnium breve, Caritas and Faith, Hope, and Love stained glass pieces; his wife’s portraits known as the ‘Florentine’ and the ‘Viennese’; and his landscapes: The Vistula at Niepołomice, Red Umbrella and Roman Epic; his collection of Japanese prints from the eighteenth and nineteenth century, and censer in the shape of an ibis. The exhibits are partially donations and deposits of the Mehoffer family.
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