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Contemporary Art in Modern Poland

Spectacular, exciting, inspiring – discover contemporary art exhibitions in Poland

Poland has long been in the avant-garde of cultural development. The country’s offering of places dedicated to contemporary art is growing with every year. Come and see for yourself!

Warsaw

The Polish capital is home to the country’s biggest accumulation of contemporary art. For years, two centres have been competing for the status of Poland’s best collection: the Zachęta National Gallery of Art and the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. Zachęta is a venue for presenting the most interesting trends in art. Every year it exhibits works by several leading world artists. Ujazdowski Castle organizes more than 50 exhibitions per year and presents contemporary art in all its manifestations: visual theatre, performances, concerts of contemporary music, screenings of experimental films and video art, as well as holding creative workshops. In summer many events take place in the park surrounding the centre. In other words, it’s well worth a trip!

Toruń

The city famous for its delicious gingerbread is also a vibrant contemporary art centre. It is worth seeing the Centre of Contemporary Art’s permanent collection of works by dozens of the most famous Polish artists, and its many – often emotionally stirring – temporary exhibitions as well. The modern building also offers numerous cultural attractions: rooms for multimedia presentations, a cinema, a bookshop, a library and a reading room. The best time for fans of contemporary art to visit Toruń is May – that is when the annual Plaster International Festival of Poster and Typography Design is held.

Kraków

Poland’s former capital boasts one of the country’s most interesting places dedicated to contemporary art. The MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art is an unconventional venue. It is housed in the former enamelware factory of Oskar Schindler, familiar from Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List. The post-industrial atmosphere blended with a modern and functional glass and steel structure creates the perfect setting for presenting important trends in art from the last half-century. An annual problem exhibition focusing on issues relevant in contemporary life is always a hit.

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