Exhibitions

  • 24.07 – 25.10.2020
    Monika Sosnowska

    Prepared specially for the Zachęta, artist’s exhibition is the first such large monographic presentation organized in Poland.


    Zachęta | plac Małachowskiego 3
  • 22.05 – 16.08.2020
    Andrzej Krauze
    The Flying Lesson

    The exhibition brings together all original drawings created during Andrzej Krauze's thirty years of cooperation with the British daily The Guardian.


    Zachęta | plac Małachowskiego 3
  • 12.05 – 30.08.2020
    Paulina Pankiewicz
    Being Paul Cézanne

    Paulina Pankiewicz's conceptual project refers to an iconic work of art — views of Mont Sainte-Victoire painted by Cézanne.


    ZPR | Gałczyńskiego 3
  • 07.08 (PT) 20:15
    Sandra in the grass
    Performences on Małachowski Square

    For the next five weeks, every Friday after sunset, Małachowski Square will become a place, where Dominika Olszowy 's students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw will showcase their works.


    plac Małachowskiego 3 | infront of Zachęta

On-line Events

  • 09.08 (ND) 11:00
    Sunday online guided-tour
    (in Polish)

    Four-leaved Marseille, water fern or fine duckweed are objects rarely found in an art gallery. Discover the vegetation on the square in front of Zachęta!

    
     


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  • 07.07 – 31.08.2020
    On-line workshops for groups
    (in Polish)

    We invite organized groups for virtual meetings with Zachęta's educators! We offer creative activities using the simplest and widely available art materials.


    Online | Zoom
  • 31.07 – 11.08.2020
    We are recruiting!

    We are recruiting for three new positins within our project Open Zachęta. You can submit your CV until August 11th. (Positions only for fluent Polish speakers)


    Zachęta

On-line Magazine

  • #12: Reality with Errors
    Curatorial essay

    The latest issue of our magazine focuses on Monika Sosnowska, whose exhibition has just opened at Zachęta. Curator Maria Brewińska writes about the artist and her works.


    No. 12/2020
  • 1 : 1
    Art Biennale

    Sosnowska represented Poland at the 52nd International Art Exhibition in Venice. Find out more about her project 1 : 1.


    No. 12/2020
  • New Sculpture?
    Photos

    Monika Sosnowska's monumental Staircase was presented at the exhibition New Sculpture? in 2012.


    No. 12/2020
  • New Sculpture?
    Exhibition folder

    The exhibition curated by Maria Brewińska took on the subject of the relationship between contemporary sculpture and modernism. Find out more from the folder accompanying the exhibition.


    No. 12/2020
  • Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz. Untitled
    Collection

    From our collection we present a work from the early 1970s by Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz – a great example of a metal sculpture.


    No. 12/2020
  • 25 Years of the Polish People's Republic in Photography
    Archive

    ‘An image of the country in which we live, which we build, improve and beautify’ –this is how the exhibition was announced in the press in 1969.


    No. 12/2020
  • #11: Plac Małachowskiego 3
    Text

    Magdalena Komornicka, in 2018, wrote about the ever-changing Zachęta and the unalterable square in front of it. The text accompanied the Plac Małachowskiego 3 exhibition.


    No. 11/2020
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    Krzysztof Wodiczko. Projection on the facade of Zachęta
    Film from the collection

    In 2005, the artist animated the facade of Zachęta by inscribing silhouettes of women, who took on the role of caryatids, into the two pilasters carrying the gallery's tympanum.


    No. 11/2020
  • Plac Małachowskiego 3
    Documentation

    From an iridescent fountain to dance performances – we recall all the events accompanying the exhibition Plac Małachowskiego 3.


    No. 11/2020
  • No, No, I Hardly Ever Miss a Show
    Folder

    The first exhibition inspired by Zachęta's audience decelopment research that took place in 2011. We recommend reading the curators' texts.


    No. 11/2020
  • Katarzyna Przezwańska. Plant pot
    Collection

    The monumental pot, made by using an original mould preserved at the defunct workshop in Łysa Góra, decorated the entrance to the ZPR.


    No. 11/2020
  • 2nd Nationwide Interior Design Exhibition
    Archive

    1957. In front of Zacheta Zachęta there was a "propaganda" spatial decoration designed by Wojciech Zamecznik.


    No. 11/2020
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    Audio description of the Zachęta building
    Facade (in Polish)

    What does the gallery facade look like? Find out from the audio description by Katarzyna Kucharska-Hornung.


    No. 11/2020
  • Aquatic Plants infront of Zachęta
    Documentation

    A water pot from the 1960s stood in front of Zachęta in the summer of 2018. See what plants we planted with the support of the University of Warsaw Botanical Garden.


    No. 11/2020
  • Ahmed Cherkaoui in Warsaw
    New publication (in Polish)

    Przemysław Strożek's book presents Polish-Moroccan artistic relations in various art fields: from painting to film and conceptual practices.


    Art Bookshop
  • #10: Koji Kamoji. The Will To Live Is the Most Important Thing of All
    Interview

     

    From a whisper to a scream. We begin the latest issue of our online magazine with an interview with Koji Kamoji, his daughter Monika and Janusz Czapiński accompanying the exhibition Silence and the Will to Live.


    No. 10/2020
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    Praise the Flowery Meadows
    Film from the collection

     

    The artist together with his grandmother perform a religious song, in other words, a film from Karol Radziszewski's "family cycle".


    No. 10/2020
  • Alina Szapocznikow. Tumours Personified
    Collection

     

    A series of several head casts – deformed self-portraits of the artist, depicting her struggling with the disease.


    No. 10/2020
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    Aneta Grzeszykowska. Death and the Maiden
    Documentation

    The artist's main motifs were present at her solo exhibition, including processing personal stories or obsessively focusing on the issue of invisibility.


    No. 10/2020
  • Housemates
    Exhibition folder

    Ania Witkowska and Adam Witkowski in their project sought to answer the question: to what extent does them being a family unit affects their work.


    No. 10/2020
  • Karolina Wiktor. Pusto-stan nienawiści
    Book (in Polish)

     

    Another artistic book by Wiktor, who through visual and textual materials analyzes the surrounding reality from a personal perspective.


    No. 10/2020
  • Renato Guttuso
    Archive

    In 1954, Karol Eberhardt wrote about "violent and colorful art" of Guttuso. The past exhibition from the CBWA is recalled by Karolina Zychowicz.


    No. 10/2020
  • #9: Andrzej Wajs. Alienations
    Essay

    In the latest issue of the magazine we recall, among others, the exhibtion Alienations. Andrzej Wajs writes about alienation from philosophical point and relates it to the current global issues discussed in the exhibition.


    No. 9/2020
  • Alienations or The Fire Next Time
    Exhibition

    The exhibition consisted of seven films by outstanding artists, showing the earth's and human's condition, what we lose and what we desire, as well as the effects of different varieties of alienation that we experience globally today.


    No. 9/2020
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    Jarosław Kozakiewicz. Satopticon
    Film from the collection

     

    This short mockumentary about the construction of the first prison in Earth's orbit is a critique of technocracy and draws attention to the evil inherent in human nature.


    No. 9/2020
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    Alienations
    Video guide in Polish Sign Language

    Daniel Kotowski talks about the vision of exhibition's curator – Maria Brewińska and the ideas behind the presented films. (in Polish)


    No. 9/2020
  • City of Ambition
    Folder

    The project presented in 2011 presented photos of Chongqing – one of many developing Chinese cities, growing at an impressive and alarming pace.


    No. 9/2020
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    Weeds
    A talk with artist and curator (in Polish)

    Recording of a discussion accompanying the exhibition Weeds by Karolina Grzywnowicz – a project about plants that are a record of social and political history.


    No. 9/2020
  • Warsaw 1945. Leonard Sempoliński
    Archive

    The exhibition presented the symbolic "starting point" of the People's Republic of Poland, presenting photos of Warsaw's ruins, taken just after the liberation of the city.


    No. 9/2020
  • Hotel Polonia. The Afterlife of Buildings
    Documetation

     

    The intention of the project awarded with the Venetian Golden Lion was to show buildings as stage decorations for social, political and economic scenarios.


    No. 9/2020
  • #8: The Collection That Wasn’t Meant to Be
    Interview

    In this issue, which is dedicated to our collection and collecting in general, we recall an interview with Barbara Dąbrowska and Maria Krawczyk about how the Zachęta collection got started.


    No. 8/2020
  • Contemporary trends
    Archive

    'Waterbull (1945), a Pollock painting owned by the Stedelijk since 1950, was sent to Warsaw. The work constituted the artist’s answer to Picasso’s Guernica, travelling around the US from 1939


    No. 8/2020
  • Erna Rosenstein. Fountain
    Collection

    The artist's very personal, poetic work is positioned within the limits of broadly understood surrealism. Vital, organic forms and color patches characterize her work from the 1960s.


    No. 8/2020
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    Krzysztof Żwirblis. Social Museum, Ochota 2012
    Film from the collection

     

    This project, implemented since 2010, is about interpersonal relationships. The artist enables local communities, encouraging its residents to show their collections, tell their own stories, and do something together.


    No. 8/2020
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    To Pee in a Bun
    Zachęta TV

     

    What happens to the Zachęta collection when nobody is watching? You will find out from the Zachęta TV episode inspired by an exhibition of works from our collection (2009).


    No. 8/2020
  • Collections
    Photos

     

    Collections exhibition was primarily dedicated to crowdfunders who funded new acquisitions to our collections in 2016. We also invited one of the most interesting regional collections to the show: Galeria Arsenał in Białystok.


    No. 8/2020
  • Taking care of the collection
    Book (in Polish)

     

    How to look after contemporary works of art? We recommend the book accompanying an unusual display from the Zachęta collection (This is not an exhibition, 2008).


    No. 8/2020
  • Gizela Szancer
    Forgotten (?) animator of Polish artistic life (in Polish)

     

    Karolina Zychowicz writes about the legendary director of the Central Bureau of Art Exhibitions Zachęta (1954–1969).


    No. 8/2020
  • #7: Dominika Janicka
    Interview

    The new issue of the magazine is devoted to architecture. We begin with an interview with Dominika Janicka, curator of the Fair Building exhibition presented at the Polish Pavilion at the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice.


    No. 7/2020
  • Oskar Hansen, Bohdan Urbanowicz
    Archive

    Hansen's Open Form and Linear Continuous System, as well as an analysis of the "visual contamination" and a critique of Urbanowicz's urban monoculture – a Venetian presentation at CBWA in 1977.


    No. 7/2020
  • Grzeszykowska/Smaga. YMCA
    Collection

     

    A historic building in which Tyrmand wrote The Man With White Eyes, through the gaze of Aneta Grzeszykowska and Jan Smaga.


    No. 7/2020
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    Spatial Planning and Organisation
    Film from the collection

     

    In the scenery of a skeleton frame of an unfinished hotel, four women dressed as maids play the expected roles...


    No. 7/2020
  • Amplifying Nature
    Book

     

    Can a building be as dynamic as the climate? This and other questions are answered in the publication accompanying the exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the 2018 Architecture Biennale.


    No. 7/2020
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    Discussion: Architecture and power
    Audio (in Polish)

     

    A panel accompanying the Impossible Figures exhibition (2014) showed the connections between architecture and power, both in a historical and contemporary context.


    No. 7/2020
  • Tango on 16 square metres
    Photos

     

    An enormous wall unit and Rybczyński's Oscar winning film, in other words, a look at small apartments – past and present.


    No. 7/2020
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    The Rise and Fall of Air
    Video documentation

     

    Zachęta's building as a sound-absorbing sculpture? The Warsaw edition of the project by Katarzyna Krakowiak, presented in 2012 at Venice Biennale.


    No. 7/2020
  • #6: Fun Is an Essential Element of Existence
    Interview

    In the sixth issue of the magazine – just before the Children's Day – we recall exhibitions not only for children. To start with, here is an interview with a psychologist Ula Malko.


    No. 6/2020
  • Nikifor, Ociepka, Stolorz, Wróbel, Kudła
    Exhibitions archive

    First extensive exhibition of naïve art at the CBWA took place in 1958. Gabriela Świtek writes about the show and its reception.


    No. 6/2020
  • Marta Deskur. This Is Klara And This Is Me, Pico
    Collection

     

    The theme of children appears in many of Deskur's works. The artist's nephews are the protagonists of the presented series.


    No. 6/2020
  • Contemporary Art for All Children
    Book (in Polish)

    The first exhibition prepared for and by children took place at Zachęta in 2003. Here is the catalog accompanying this exhibition!


    No. 6/2020
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    Anna Niesterowicz. Gierek
    Film from the collection

     

    The found footage showing the propaganda scene of the artist as a little girl meeting Edward Gierek. It is a bittersweet evaluation of the artist's memories and an analysis of how two spaces — private and public — interweave.


    No. 6/2020
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    Contemporary Polish illustration for children
    Discussion (in Polish)

     

    What should a good illustrated children's book look like? Our panelists tried to answer this question.


    No. 6/2020
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    How to watch exhibitions with children?
    (in Polish)

    Karolina Vyšata presents a handful of ideas for how to watch art together with your children.


    No. 6/2020
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    The Devil’s Power, Bad dreams
    Video

     

    The films by Olaf and Konstanty Brzeski were presented at the exhibition Two Arts Are Better than One. See how to stimulate children's creativity.


    No. 6/2020
  • Interactive Playground
    Photos

     

    In 2009, together with the WRO Art Center, we invited children to an exhibition/playground. Did they have fun in the interactive installations? See for yourself!


    No. 6/2020
  • On-line Magazine #5: John Lurie
    Interview

    The theme of this issue is the relationship between art and music. We start with an interview with John Lurie – an excellent American musician who, in 2015, we also got to know as a painter.


    No. 5/2020
  • American Graphic Art
    Exhibitions archive

    "For the first time we have the opportunity to get more closely acquainted with drawings, prints and watercolours from the U.S" — wrote an art critique in 1958. Read Petra Skorypsky's research paper.


    No. 5/2020
  • Krzysztof Zarębski. Guitar
    Collection

    By combining and modifying objects the artist created a completely new item — a visual idea of ​​things.


    No. 5/2020
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    Katarzyna Kozyra. Cheerleader
    Film from the collection

    The artist takes on a role of a pop star by performing Gwen Stefani’s hit song. The music video comes from the series In Art Dreams Come True.


    No. 5/2020
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    The Artists. 1st edition
    Album

    The first edition of The Artists festival took place in 2013 and presented music projects of  11 visual artists. Here is the album, recorded during the concert.


    No. 5/2020
  • Brasil: Arte / Música
    Folder

    Dangerous liaisons between visual arts and music were exposed by Brazilian artists at the ZPR. Enjoy the exhibition folder.


    No. 5/2020
  • Invasion of Sound
    Exhibition poster

    The first exhibition at Zachęta dedicated to music and visual arts took place in 2009. See the poster and read about this international show.


    No. 5/2020
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    Musical Images
    Stanisław Dróżdż

    Dróżdż's painting from the Zachęta collection inspired middle school students to create their musical interpretations of this work. Listen to the Musical Image and get inspired yourself!


    No. 5/2020
  • On-line Magazine #4: Rafał Bujnowski
    Interview

    New issue of the magazine, and a new topic – time. In 2016, during the exhibition 2066, Maria Brewińska asked Rafał Bujnowski, among other things, about midlife crisis, maturity and, of course, painting.


    No. 4/2020
  • Italian Contemporary Art
    Archive

    100 Works from Futurism to the Present Day Depicting the Italian Contribution to European Avant-garde in the 20th Century – CBWA, year 1968. 


    No. 4/2020
  • Włodzimierz Pawlak. Journal No. 2
    Collection

    How to you depict passage of time? Pawlak presents it on a canvas with the help of clippings, past mementos and pictograms.


    No. 4/2020
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    Jacek Malinowski. The Stain
    Film from the collection

    Three episodes, connected by the theme of disaster and inspired by Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds.


    No. 4/2020
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    Łysa Góra Experiment — 50 Years Later
    Curatorial walk-through (in Polish)

    Ceramic architectural decorations from the 60s, and contemporary artists. Listen to the exhibition’s curator.


    No. 4/2020
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    In Search of Lost Time
    Audio description (in Polish)

    For a ten-year-old, what is “looking for lost time”? Listen to audio description of the work by Tymon Rogalski and his parents.


    No. 4/2020
  • Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More — Time Test
    Folder

    How does time and change of space affect an artwork? We recall Konrad Smoleński’s project and the accompanying folder.


    No. 4/2020
  • On-line Magazine #3: Anna Jermolaewa
    Interview

    The third edition of Zachęta Online magazine will focus on travel – in all its forms. Here is an interview with Anna Jermolaewa – a reminder of the 2015 exhibition Good times, Bad times.


    No. 3/2020
  • Exhibition of works by Soviet artists
    Archive

    The first comprehensive showcase of Soviet socialist realism took place at Zachęta in 1951. About its ideological dimension, among others, writes dr hab. Iwona Luba.


    No. 3/2020
  • Romani Alphabet Board
    Collection

    Romani Alphabet Boards are a series of graphics by Dorota Podlaska, with which the artist introduces a culture, which is close to us.


    No. 3/2020
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    Łukasz Jastrubczak. Need For Speed
    Film from the collection

    Record of the artist's journey through America in a visual form, filled with pop-cultural symbols that are readable by audiences around the world.


    No. 3/2020
  • Romano kher
    Publication (in Polish)

    Romano kher means Romani home. We recommend a publication edited by Monika Weychert Waluszko devoted to Roma art, aesthetics and experience.


    No. 3/2020
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    Death of a Traveller
    Meeting with Anna Wieczorkiewicz and Anna Horolets (in Polish)

    Is the distinction between travellers and tourists still valid in the 21st century? Here is a recording of a discussion on the topic, accompanying The Travellers exhibition.


    No. 3/2020
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    Hiwa K: Highly Unlikely but not Impossible
    Guide in Polish Sign Language

    Speaking of travel, it is difficult to avoid the most current topic – refugees. Also available for hearing people.


    No. 3/2020
  • On-line Magazine #2: Zbigniew Warpechowski
    Interview

    In the second issue of our magazine, we focus on performance. And we start with a conversation between Dominik Kuryłek and Zbigniew Warpechowski – the godfather of performance art in Poland.


    No. 2/2020
  • Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
    Exhibitions archive

    Paintings and drawings by Witkacy, at an exhibition arranged by Tadeusz Kantor himself. We are going back in time to 1967.


    No. 2/2020
  • When Many Years Ago I Came to Wrocław for the First Time
    Collection

    Ewa Zarzycka – performer and  conceptual artist. Here are her drawings from our collections.


    No. 2/2020
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    Chief Judge. Furies
    Film from the Zachęta collection

    Aleksandra Kubiak and Karolina Wiktor as mythical goddesses of revenge. Video performance and an ironic pun based on the duo’s name.


    No. 2/2020
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    Bogna Burska. Nest
    Fragment of the performance (in Polish)

    Inauguration of the Plac Małachowskiego 3 project, with a surprise artistic performance.


    No. 2/2020
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    Natalia Bażowska. Lair
    Video documentation

    The starting point for the exhibition at ZPR was a video performance Luna – an intimate record of the artist establishing a relationship with a wild she-wolf.


    No. 2/2020
  • We Like it Very Much. Contemporary. Art. Questions
    Book (in Polish)

    One of the chapters in our guide to contemporary art for teenagers is dedicated to Warpechowski’s Plating.


    No. 2/2020
  • On-line Magazine #1: Peter Land
    Interview

    I’ve always been interested in slapstick comedy. In particular the early silent era short film comedies. What I really like about them is the simplicity – says the Danish artist, whose exhibition we presented in 2013.


    No. 1/2020
  • Exhibition of Danish Contemporary Art
    Exhibitions Archive

    Prof. Andrzej Pieńkos writes about the exhibition of young Danish artists, presented at Zachęta in 1968.


    No. 1/2020
  • Cezary Bodzianowski. Giro d'Italia
    Collection

    Duchamp and a bicycle badge – in other words, appropriation art carried out by one of the most pawky Polish artists.


    No. 1/2020
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    Azorro. Family
    Film from the Zachęta collection

    A typical Polish family in an unusual situation. Art education of the society showed through the absurd humor of Azorro group.


    No. 1/2020
  • Mother Earth Sister Moon
    Photos from the project

    Joanna Malinowska & Christian Tomaszewski inspired by the Soviet space program.


    No. 1/2020
  • Antonisz: Technology for Me Is a Form of Art
    Exhibition poster

    Do you remember this extraordinary exhibition of Julian Antoniszczak? Accompanying poster was designed by Jakub de Barbaro.


    No. 1/2020
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    Liliana Porter. Situations
    Video guide in Polish Sign Language

    In the works of Liliana Porter, characters from different places, epochs and levels of reality and inventions meet and enter into dialogue. Daniel Kotowski will guide you through the exhibition curated by Magda Kardasz.


    No. 1/2020