In Zakopane, even modern art is presented in historic buildings, giving unexpected results, and perfectly illustrating the continuity of the artistic tradition, as well as contributing to better acceptance of new forms of art. Come to visit Zakopane’s galleries and see the exhibitions.
CITY ART GALLERY
ul. Krupowki 41, www.galeria.zakopane.pl
This is one of the oldest galleries in Poland, continuing the tradition of the Exhibition Hall which was located on the first floor of the Polish Bazaar founded by Count Władysław Zamoyski in 1911. Works exhibited included those by Władysław Skoczylas, Wojciech Brzega, Eugeniusz Skotnicki, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Teodor Axentowicz, Xawery Dunikowski, Julian Fałat and Rafał Malczewski.During its long existence, the Gallery has become an important exhibition centre in Poland. Solo exhibitions have included Jerzy Duda Gracz, Zdzisław Beksiński, Władysław Hasior and Jerzy Nowosielski,Zakopane artists have permanent exhibitions here. The gallery now primarily presents contemporary Polish art. In addition to the exhibitions meetings, screenings of films on art, poetry readings, concerts, chamber music concerts and special events are held here.
WŁADYSŁAW HASIOR GALLERY
ul. Jagiellońska 18b, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.com.pl
Władysław Hasior – painter, sculptor, stage designer and educator, working in the 2nd half of the 20th century, is one of the most outstanding contemporary Polish artists. He is considered the precursor of Polish pop art and the art of assemblage (three-dimensional collages). His work relates to modern artistic movements – surrealism, abstract sculpture and new realism, but also to traditional and folk crafts. The Gallery’s permanent exhibition is a collection of works from the entire period of the artist's work (including sculptures, banners, spatial compositions and installations), gathered in a place where Hasior lived, created, organised discussions about art and gathered other artists around himself.
ART GALLERY IN KOZINIEC
ul. Koziniec 8, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.com.pl
Housed in a stylish brick mansion, built in the 1920s. Since 1981, it has housed a collection of eastern carpets from the Kulczycki family collection. The collection consists of 65 items – carpets and fabrics from different regions and countries in Asia. For technical reasons collections, they are only accessible for a few months a year, mostly in summer. The second collection which found a permanent home in the Gallery at Koziniec, are images and graphics by contemporary artist Marek Żuławski. The gallery also presents numerous works of art from the collections of the Tatra Museum, and organises temporary exhibitions.
TWENTIETH CENTURY ART GALLERY AT VILLA OKSZA
ul. Zamoyski 25, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.com.pl
The exhibition presenting two eras - Young Poland and the Interwar Period – covers nearly a sixty-year period in which Zakopane was the centre of Polish artistic and intellectual life. The exhibition "Artists and art in Zakopane" presents paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photography, as well as functional art, leaflets, posters, and many other exhibits. The exhibition includes a collection of portraits by Witkacy, images by Rafał Malczewski, Zofia Stryjeńska and Wojciech Weiss, a unique altar by Jan Szczepkowski, and products from the lace-making and woodcarving schools.