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Warsaw. A record year for the National Museum – two million visitors

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Two million visitors visited the National Museum in 2023. The exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s works brought record attendance. What will you see this year? The plans include, among others: Polish surrealism and the work of Józef Chełmoński.

– Recently, we have observed a significant increase in interest in the museum. In 2023, we recorded record attendance, all exhibitions were visited by over 2 million people in total. This result allows us to look into the future with optimism, says Łukasz Gaweł, director of the National Museum in Warsaw, quoted in the release. As it was emphasized, the permanent exhibitions of the museum, including the Gallery of 19th Century Art, where masterpieces of famous Polish painters are presented, have always been the most popular.

The museum emphasized that at the beginning of the new year, interest in the temporary exhibition “Picasso” did not wane. Visitors could see over 120 works by the artist: graphics, ceramics and book illustrations, mainly from the Museum of Picasso’s Birthplace in Malaga. Works from the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw were also exhibited. The exhibition ended on January 14 and was seen by nearly 143,000 people. “It broke the previous attendance record, which belonged to the exhibition ‘Witkacy. Seismograph of the era of acceleration’ from 2022, which was visited by 111,000 people,” emphasized the National Museum.

Read also: Lesser-known works by Picasso at the exhibition in Białystok

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Mythical land of happiness

The National Museum also presented the “Arcadia” exhibition about the mythical land of blissful happiness, eternal youth and innocence. It can be visited until March 17. “It evokes the image of the homeland of shepherdesses and shepherds, nymphs, satyrs and fauns known from Greek mythology. It is also a picturesque and sun-filled modern landscape of Mediterranean culture, distant exotic lands, Slavic folklore and paradise gardens,” it explained. Images of blooming nature are accompanied by atmospheric scenography – the exhibition is covered with ferns, silvery eucalyptus and green asparagus fans.

There is also an exhibition called “Bruno Barbey. Always in Motion”, which can be visited until March 3. “Bruno Barbey was an artist photographer and a pioneer of color reportage photography, a citizen of the world and a tireless traveler, an eyewitness to the most important political events of the second half of the 20th century and a sensitive documenter of everyday life,” the National Museum quotes the artist. The exhibition “Bruno Barbey. Always in Motion” presents 130 of his photos, contemporary and vintage prints.

Surrealism and Chełmoński are planned

The National Museum has planned an exhibition “Surrealism” for May, which will show surrealist tendencies in Polish art of the 20th century. The exhibition’s narrative will begin with works from the interwar period and end with works by artists associated with the international Phases movement founded in the 1950s. “The historical narrative will be complemented by works by Polish contemporary artists. The exhibition will feature typical surrealist techniques, such as decalcomania, surreal objects, and we will also show a wide selection of photographs,” the museum noted.

Erna Rosenstein “The Other Side of Silence”National Museum in Warsaw

In September, the National Museum in Warsaw will invite one of the most important Polish painters – Józef Chełmoński – to an exhibition. “The visions of nature, views of the countryside and scenes from the lives of its inhabitants created by him are considered the quintessence of Polishness in the painting of the 19th and early 20th centuries,” it was emphasized. The exhibition will show Chełmoński as a chronicler of everyday village life, an artist fascinated by horses, a sensitive observer of nature, also noticing its spiritual and religious-mystical dimensions.

Józef Chełmoński “Indian Summer”National Museum in Warsaw

Main photo source: Bartosz Bajerski/National Museum in Warsaw

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