National Museum in Warsaw
The National Museum is a must-see for its impressive modernist building alone. Add to that its recently re-opened Faras Gallery, a one-of-a-kind exhibition featuring Nubian culture and art artefacts from the Christian period, and a visit is almost a requirement of any trip to Warsaw. The whole collection, including wall paintings from the 8th—14th century, came from the cathedral in the city of Faras, located on the Sudanese-Egyptian border. In addition, the other galleries, including the Gallery of Medieval Art and the Gallery of Old European Paintings, are also well worth seeing.
Free admission: Thursdays
Aleje Jerozolimskie 3
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Shouting: Poland! Independence 1918
26 October 2018 – 17 March 2019
How was Poland’s path to independence perceived by artists? The exhibition Shouting: Poland! Independence 1918 confronts artistic representations of historical and political events of the first two decades of the 20th century with the transformations of Polish art on the threshold of reborn statehood. Selected works from the NMW collection are accompanied by photographs and prints by contemporary artists, Piotr Uklański and Przemysław Trust Truściński, which enter into dialogue with the subjects of war, independence and national art. Shouting: Poland!… crowns the celebrations of the centennial of Poland’s regained independence at the National Museum in Warsaw.
The exhibition shows works created in the early 20th century, shedding light on the non-obvious and painful process of regaining independence. The exhibition curator wanted to approximate the emotions felt by people who had witnessed those events, and yet arrive at a different image to the stereotype shaped over the last decades.
The exhibition is composed of ten parts divided based on their chronology and subject matter. The historical narrative opens with the years 1905–7 and the Great War – and ends with the events related to the struggle for the borders of the reborn Polish Republic, appointing the Constitutional Assembly and electing Gabriel Narutowicz president. The exhibition narrative invites viewers to a debate on the shaping of national identity after World War I and the search for form and content of national art.