Temporary exhibitions

NMW Collects. Purchases from 2017–2022

11th of May – 10th of September 2023



The National Museum in Warsaw is constantly completing and expanding its collection. From 2017 to 2022, the NMW acquired some works by Marc Chagall, Francisco Goya, Mela Muter, Wojciech Weiss and Stanisław Wyspiański. Moreover, it bought works by some of Poland's most prominent contemporary artists who explore various fields of art: Zuzanna Janin, Grzegorz Kowalski, Zofia Kulik, Teresa Murak and Aleksandra Waliszewska.


Many valuable purchases were made in connection with major monographic exhibitions organised by the Museum. Therefore, the collection has been enriched by, among others, works by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz and Anna Bilińska, as well as a set of pictures by the best female students of the Académie Julian in Paris. In the case of the collection of August Zamoyski's sculptures, that includes works representative for his entire oeuvre, it was the purchase that prompted the exhibition.


Recent acquisitions include objects as diverse as a unique photograph by Nadar, intriguing French miniatures, a complete dessert service of Meissen china from the mid-eighteenth century, along with examples of twentieth-century Polish applied art, such as furniture designed by Edward Trojanowski and Edmund Homa or porcelain from Chodzież and Ćmielów manufactures. Visitors will also find artefacts from China and Japan on display, as well as purchases made to complement the Poster Museum's collection, such as a poster designed by Tadeusz Gronowski.


Three works of old masters deserve particular attention.  First of all, two painted panels with images of saints by the Florentine artist Cosimo Rosselli are related to the very beginning of the Museum (back then Museum of Fine Arts) and the acquisition of paintings by great masters at the famous auction of Johann Peter Weyer's collection in Cologne in 1862. On the other hand, Torment of St. Antony’s – an excellent 16th-century drawing, associated with Martin Schongauer – belongs to a category of works that not only enrich collections, but also offer broad research perspectives.


The exhibition will feature a diverse selection (over 120 works) of the NMW’s purchases from the past six years, including all of Chagall's works bought by the Museum. It will offer the public an insight into the fascinating process of expanding the museum's collection.

Curator of the exhibition: Piotr P. Czyż, PhD




Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Museum Patrons:

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna
PKN Orlen


Museum Strategy Partner:

Museum Partners:

Totalizator Sportowy
PKP Intercity