Temporary exhibitions

Polish Art: An Enduring spirit

5 June – 30 August 2015

National Museum of Korea in Seoul


The exhibition Treasures from Chopin's Country. Polish Art from the 15th to 20th Century was presented from early February to May in the National Museum of China in Beijing as. After presentation in China, the exhibition was opened at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, where it is displayed under a new title Polish Art: An Enduring Spirit. It contains nearly 260 objects – not only sculptures and paintings, but also handicraft items, weapons, medals and posters.


The selection of objects for the exhibition was dictated, on the one hand, by their nature typical for Polish art, on the other hand by their artistic value. We try to show the specific characteristics of Polish art, such as the important role of historical painting in the nineteenth century.


Displayed are great Polish paintings: works of Józef Mehoffer, Ferdynand Ruszczyc, Jan Stanisławski as well as Stanisław Wyspiański's stained glass Bóg Ojciec - Stań się! / God the Father - Become!, presented in the form of a monumental slide.
Closer to the present day, one may see a symbolic sculpture Tchnienie / A Breath of Air by Xawery Dunikowski, folk decorations by Zofia Stryjeńska, examples of Polish art-deco. Through the art, the new aims of creative work in times of rebirth of the Polish state after 1918, and later diversity of artistic trends of contemporary art are shown


The closing part of the exhibition presents world-famous Polish poster art. The accompanying historical information join all sections of the exhibition into an interesting, coherent story of Polish art.

The exhibition is organized by the National Museum in Warsaw in cooperation with Culture.pl, the flagship brand of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and National Museums in Kraków and Poznań.


The Curator of the exhibition is Maria Poprzęcka, Professor at the Faculty of Artes Liberales of the Warsaw University and the coordinator of the exhibtion in Poland Iwona Danielewicz from the National Museum in Warsaw and in Korea Woolim Kim and Seung-ik Kim from the National Museum in Korea in Seoul.

The exhibition was financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and
organized with support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Seoul.


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