The National Center for Culture (NCK)
The National Center for Culture (NCK) initiates and launches activities aimed at developing and promoting Polish culture. It conducts educational, research and training programs. One of the events organized by the NCK is the Eastern Culture Festival the purpose of which is fostering cultural cooperation between the cities of eastern Poland and the countries of the Eastern Partnership. Another event organized by the NCK is the International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe Eufonie inspired by traditions of regional community and presenting music from various periods and different styles.
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute (IAM)
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute (IAM) specializes in promoting Polish culture abroad by initiating international exchange between Polish and foreign cultural institutions, supporting coproduction of art events, organizing study visits and ensuring the presence of Polish artists on the international scene. Due to its cooperation with prestigious foreign institutions, the Institute succeeded in reaching out to an audience of 60 million people abroad.
The Institute’s culture.pl portal offers a daily information service covering key events related to Polish culture around the world. The site is available in Polish, English and Russian and, moreover, it offers editorials in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
The International Cultural Centre in Cracow (MCK)
The International Cultural Centre in Cracow (MCK) focuses on history, art and architecture history, the phenomenon of memory and preservation of the cultural heritage. It participates in the international debate about heritage and its role in the contemporary world and due to the international contacts it is nurturing, the MCK is reinforcing Poland’s position as an important player in the international community and a serious partner in cultural and intellectual cooperation.
The MCK implements the Thesaurus Poloniae fellowship program. The program is addressed to non-residents of Poland who conduct their research on culture, history and multicultural heritage of the Republic of Poland as well as on Central Europe.
The library of the MCK offers a rich collection of scientific literature on cultural heritage.
The National Museum in Warsaw collects, stores, preserves and provides access to Polish and foreign cultural assets in the field of history of art, archeology, history and numismatics. The museum collaborates on a number of scientific projects with several museums, galleries and institutions in Poland and all over the world. Among those ICOM and CODART – the Amsterdam-based world organization of curators and art curators specializing in Dutch and Flemish art. In the framework of its international activity the museum, together with Louvre-Lens, a branch of the Musee du Louvre, organized an exhibition called Polska. The power of a painting
The National Museum in Cracow (MNK) is the oldest Polish museum. The Main Building features the newly renovated upper Gallery of the Twentieth Century Polish Art, one of the largest galleries of painting and sculpture from the late 19th century on in Poland and also, works by artists of the interwar and postwar periods: the Polish cubists, expressionists, colorists, the avant-garde of the 1930s, and representatives of New Directions from the 1960s.
The Main Building has a vast display of militaria ranging from 12th to 20th century, including Polish armor from 16th and 17th centuries, Polish sabers, firearms, saddles and caparisons, military uniforms from 18th to 20th century, military orders, medals, and distinctions. The Museum holdings also include a collection of Western and Eastern European weapons.
Decorative arts and crafts are exhibited in the Decorative Arts and Crafts Gallery, with gold, silver and precious stone artifacts ranging from twelfth to eighteenth century; copper, pewter and iron objects, such as bowls and wrought iron chests; old furniture, musical instruments, clocks, ceramics and glass, notably stained glass from the churches of Kraków. The Museum has one of Poland’s largest collections of Polish and Oriental antique rugs and carpets, as well as a collection of sixteenth to twentieth century costumes.
The National Museum in Kielce (MNKi) implements its mission by preserving the cultural heritage, the rareness and appeal of the exhibitions and by promoting education and scientific and publishing activities. The museum boasts one of Poland’s richest collections of Old Polish portraits, Poland’s largest collection of Szermentowski’s paintings and Cmiel ceramics and, last but not least, a unique record with the recorded voice of Zeromski. The museum was the first one in Poland to organize an interdisciplinary conference on art therapy in museums.
The National Museum in Poznan. The museum’s collections are on display in seven thematic exhibition galleries that explore major art trends and disciplines: the Gallery of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Polish Art from the 16th to 18th century, and, in the new wing, the Gallery of Polish art from the period of foreign partitions until the end of World War II, the Gallery of European Art (or Foreign Painting), the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Poster and Graphic Design Gallery. The museum awards the Jan Lenica Prize to prominent graphic artists who represent a similar take on art as Lenica’s that is an approach that reaches beyond the narrowly conceived framework of applied graphics.
The National Museum in Wroclaw (MNWr) collects museum pieces, iconographic, photographic and documentary materials on art in Silesia, on Polish art, art in the eastern borderlands, European art, art in the Near and Far East, arts and crafts and on technical culture and ethnography. The museum houses one of Poland’s largest collections of contemporary art dating back to the 60s of the 20th century. The museum co-organized the international project Ganymed goes Europe combining three art genres: painting, literature and theater.
The National Museum in Gdansk (MNG) collects museum pieces, iconographic, photographic and documentary materials on ancient, contemporary and modern Polish and foreign art, on the ethnography of Pomerania and European and non-European cultures. The flagship of the museum’s collection is Judgment Day, the masterpiece of Dutch Renaissance painter, Hans Memling.
National Museum in Szczecin (MNS) offers permanent exhibitions, organizes temporary exhibitions, sundry art events, scientific conferences and it is involved in educational and publishing activities. It is a custodian of remembrance but also a dynamic cultural institution that participates in the shaping of historical consciousness and social attitudes. The Museum builds a regional, national and European identity of West Pomerania and its inhabitants. The international project Common Heritage, Common Future is a case in point.
The Museum-Castle in Lancut is one of the most beautiful aristocratic residences in Poland, famous for its wonderful interiors and most interesting collection of horse-drawn carriages. The palace complex is surrounded by an old, picturesque English-style park filled with pavillons and farm buildings, all part of the once daily life of the residence. Every year the castle hosts the famous Lancut Music Festival.
The Classicist monuments and the beautiful gardens make up the Lazienki Park or Royal Baths Park in Warsaw. The main mission of the Museum is to present Polish history and culture and to emphasize the ties with the history and culture of the world. The museum features King Stanisław August’s collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, as well as coins and medals, made by both European and Polish artists. For many years now, the Museum has been running a project called The exhibition of one Painting enabling the presentation of prominent works from world famous art collections.
The Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów is considered to be one of the oldest in the country and the repository of the country’s royal and artistic heritage. The collection consists of valuables collected by subsequent owners of the Wilanów Palace, the Kings of Poland – John III Sobieski and Augustus II, as well as by representatives of nobility and namely the Potocki, and Lubomirski families. The Museum regularly organizes temporary exhibitions, conferences and seminars, conducts research, publishes books and organizes educational activities.
The Royal Castle in Warsaw is a royal residence that formerly served throughout the centuries as the official home of Polish monarchs and the seat of the Sejm of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It features one of the most valuable art collections in Poland including paintings by Rembrandt, Canaletto, Bacciarelli and Matejko. The splendidly decorated interior transpose visitors to the times of the Jagiellon, Vasa and Saxon dynasties and King Stanislaw August. The institution organizes international museum projects.
Wawel Royal Castle is located in the former capital of Poland, Cracow. For centuries it has been the residence of Polish kings and a symbol of Polish statehood. The museum encompasses ten curatorial departments responsible for collections of paintings, including an important collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, prints, sculpture, textiles, among them the Sigismund II Augustus tapestry collection, goldsmith’s work, arms and armor, ceramics, Meissen porcelain, and period furniture. The collections are part of permanent exhibitions at the castle and also outdoor exhibitions. The Castle organizes exhibitions, supports educational and art conservation. It participates in a multi-annual program that deals with research and restoring of a common heritage of the eastern borderlands of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
The National Museum of Technology in Warsaw (NMT) is the largest museum of its kind in Poland. The mission of the museum is to preserve for future generations the material testimony documenting the development of Polish technology, to describe faithfully and impartially the events accompanying technological progress and to present the achievements and the development of Polish technological ideas. Among the valuable showpieces, photographic documentation plans of construction of machines and devices one will find the Enigma encryption machine and Marshal Jozef Pilsudski’s Cadillac car. The museum organizes workshops called Meeting the history of technology.
The Alf Kowalski Miedzyrzecze Region Museum presents Poland’s largest collection of coffin portraits, inscription tables and coats of arms from the XVII and XVIII centuries. The main mission of the museum is collection and researching of artifacts and documentation materials related to techniques, art and archaeology of the Miedzyrzecze Region. The museum organizes international workshops in the framework of the Comenius project dedicated to the multicultural aspect of the Greater Poland, Silesia and Brandenburg borderlandsץ
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The Lodz Art Museum (MSL) focuses on presenting the works of its art collection in various contexts, promoting progressive art events and strengthening the role of art as an important component of social life. The main mission of the museum is the collection, preservation and processing of its collections. Due to the close bond between the history of the museum and that of avant-garde the museum cooperates with authors of progressive art events and promotes the latter. In the framework of international cooperation the museum implemented a project called Creative archives: Lodz-London aimed at joining the debate about modern methods of facilitating access to archives.
Zacheta – The National Art Gallery is tasked with disseminating knowledge about contemporary art as an important component of cultural and societal life. The Gallery organizes numerous temporary exhibitions. It shows works by prominent Polish and foreign artists such as marlene Dumas, Zbigniew Libera, Tadeusz Kantor, Yayoi Kusama and Wilhelm Sasnal. It is the task of Zacheta to organize the exhibition in the Polish Pavillon in Venice at the Art and Architecture Biennale – one of the most important art festivals in the world.