SPECIAL PRESENTATION / Priceless. Recent Acquisitions at the National Museum in Warsaw
17th November 2016 – 12th February 2017
In the period between 2014 and 2016 the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw grew with the arrival of numerous extremely valuable artworks and artefacts. While most were acquired via purchase or donation, there are also those that have been returned to the museum since being lost during WWII. This exhibition features some 200 of the museum’s newly acquired works, among them paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs and artistic handicrafts ranging from ancient artefacts, like Egyptian masks and antique pottery, to contemporary objects. This exemplary selection will form a vibrant cultural, material and historic mosaic while also shedding light on the ways in which museum collections are built and expanded.
The Department of Cultural Heritage Abroad and Wartime Losses and the museum curators monitor the antique art markets and keep abreast of developments in the art world across the globe. Their constant efforts have made it possible to secure artefacts and bolster the museum’s stock, as well as broadening the scope of the exhibitions offered to the general public. Among the works purchased with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as dedicated foundations, are pieces that constitute important milestones in the output of particular artists or those that serve as paragons of various phenomena in the history of art, especially those of Polish artists or artists with close ties to Poland.
Since its inception, the National Museum in Warsaw has been the beneficiary of donations from private individuals and institutions. In recent years the Museum has acquired works predominantly from the XIXth century, but among the donations have been a number of works by contemporary artists who have collaborated with the Museum and its various branches in numerous curatorial projects.
Thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and regular assistance from a variety of organisations and private individuals, the Museum has seen the return of a number works of art that went missing during World War Two. These mainly consist of drawings and graphic arts by Polish artists, but the museum has also successfully regained some very valuable paintings from much earlier periods.