Images of Death in the Polish Art
of the 19th and the 20th Centuries
National Museum, Al. 3 Maja 1,
tel. 634-33-77, 634-35-26
Although devoted in its major part to the motives of death, the exhibition is also to present their eternal bond with life. This collection of works of art from state and private collections illustrates the attitude of man to the question of life and death changing over a variety of periods. Death presented as a destructive force, existing independently of humans, most often personified; death being an existential problem; and death perceived as a metaphor for the fate of human and humanity – these are the three motives on which the exhibition focuses. Parallel to those, we see works illustrating the variety of life: the creative force, the eternal continuation, everyday routine and ritual. At the exhibition, we will see the works of the best Polish artists, including Jan Matejko, Aleksander and Maksymilian Gierymski, Artur Grottger, Jacek Malczewski, Wojciech Gerson, Wojciech Weiss, Józef Zimler, Tadeusz Kantor, Alina Szapocznikow, and Andrzej Wróblewski displayed side by side with 18th-century dance macabre, that is the Dance of Death, paintings, loaned from two Krakow churches: of Capuchans and of Observant Franciscans.
Supported financially by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage