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The Gallery of 20th-century Polish Art

The gallery presents works of Polish art created between the beginning of the century and 1949, giving a survey of all the basic art tendencies and trends of the period. In seven rooms, the public may acquaint themselves with the painting of the group of Formists (A.and Z. Pronaszko, T. Niesiolowski, R. K. Witkowski, S. I. Witkiewicz, L. Chwistek, T. Czyzewski), the avant-garde movements representing the trends of geometric abstraction and constructivism, active between the wars (K. Kobro, W. Strzeminski, H. Berlewi, H Stazewski, M. Szczuka), Capists (members of the Paris Comittee who lived in Paris from 1925: J. Cybis, J. Czapski, A. Nacht-Samborski, P. Potworowski, Z. Waliszewski), the Lvov "artes" group oriented towards Surrealism (M.Wlodarski, J. Janisch), artists active in Vilna (L. Slendzinski) and Warsaw (T. Pruszkowski, B. Cybis, J. Gotard, B. Linke), drawing on various traditions of figurative trends, and the Cracow Group and its postwar continuators (T. Brzozowski, T. Kantor, J. Nowosielski, M. Jarema, J. Stern). Polish painters active in France, connected with l'Ecole de Paris (M. Kisling, E. Zak, R. Kramsztyk, T. Lempicka, Z. Menkes) are well represented, and so are T. Makowski and some of the Polish artists awarded prizes at the Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels (1925), those with classicizing leanings (H. Kuna) and those harking back to folk art traditions (J. Szczepkowski, Z. Stryjenska), and finally extreme individualists (S. Szukalski).

Witkiewicz Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz, Fantasia, Fairy Tale

Makowski Tadeusz Makowski, The Shoemaker

Szczepkowski Jan Szczepkowski, Nativity shrine

From among the over eighty artists presented at the Gallery, B. Biegas, L. Chwistek, X. Dunikowski, K. Hiller, S. I. Witkiewicz, T. Makowski, J. Mierzejewski, Z. Pronaszko, W. Strzeminski, Z. Waliszewski and A. Zamoyski have the most works on show.

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(1st floor)


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