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Sunday 09:00 - 15:00
31st Nov,2018 - 31st Jan,2019
Gallery of the 20th century art at Oksza villa
(branch of the Tatra Museum)
The latest exhibition of the Tatra Museum "The Republic of Zakopane 1918" is part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence in Zakopane.
Zakopane was the first town in Poland that on its own, on October 31, 1918, shed the foreign domination. The exhibition is a documentation of the historical process of regaining independence and the beginnings of creating administration and institutions of Polish statehood in Zakopane that was a collective effort of its inhabitants. Through the presentation of works of art that were created in Zakopane during the formation of the Polish Legions and the creation of the foundations of an independent state, it also reminds about the outstanding and not well-known figures involved in regaining independence. This exhibition also presents archival documents and photographs. The aim of the exhibition is to remind of Stefan Żeromski, who was not only one of the greatest Polish writers, but also a great social worker to whom Zakopane owes so much. It is thanks to his authority that the independence was regained with town’s own strength, without violence, involving all social groups.At the exhibition, the Tatra Museum presents original documents and scans of documents related to the functioning of the Polish National Organization and the Polish National Council in Zakopane in October and November 1918, as well as photographs of objects that witnessed the regaining of independence. Another important means of conveying the exhibition are tens of portrait photographs of those who participated in this historical events along with their biographical notes. Those portraits come from the collections of the Tatra Museum, private owners (families) and the public domain.Above all that, however, historical events were shown by the means of art.Among other things, two large collections that were created during the First World War: caricatures by Kazimierz Sichulski, presenting outstanding artists, politicians and soldiers of the Piłsudski Legions that were staying in the Podhale region at that moment, and a set of portraits made by Jan Rembowski of legionnaires who came to the foot of the Tatras for health treatment or for vacations. The main collection consisting of 50 works belonging to the Tatra Museum, was enriched with Sichulski's paintings borrowed from the Wroclaw collections (National Museum and Ossolineum). The second collection with over 30 works, is borrowed from the National Museum in Krakow and for the first time since its creation, is presented in Zakopane. The presentation of both collections is a great proof for that the independence was important and inspiring for the artists, and that the reference to this event and people involved in it took various forms (from a careful portrait to a funny caricature). Among other works of art shown at the exhibition there are also works functioning in the public space of Zakopane, but in common awareness of its inhabitants often not associated with the circumstances that they commemorate. What we aim at is to restore their right historical context. The exhibition will be open until January 31st , 2019 and has a National Patronage of Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland and the Honorary Patronage of Jacek Krupa, the Marshal of the Lesser Poland Voivodship.
The Tatra Museum in Zakopane has been operating for the last 130 years. Initially a small regional branch has grown into an institution with 11 branches, where both ethnographic artifacts, natural collections together with art collections (the 20th Century Art Gallery at the Oksza Villa), including contemporary art (in Władysław Hasior Gallery) are presented.In addition to the collections documenting the output of artists who created the art colony of Zakopane until 1939, the collection of the art department also includes paintings, sculptures, graphics created in the second half of the 20th and the first years of the 21st century.The selection of works for the collection is based on three key words that define the specificity of the city and the region: nature, activity and creation. In 2014 in the description of the project "Shelter" implemented by the Tatra National Park, Iwo Zmyślony wrote: "The Tatras are also a complex imaginarium that organizes the collective imagination of Poles. It functions mainly as a place of holidays, active rest, majestic views and contact with nature. The mountains are picturesque but also dangerous (...). For many of us, the Tatra Mountains are a place distinguished on the map of national culture - a source of inspiration for pre-war artists, almost sanctified by the Giewont mountain cross and the history of papal pilgrimages. Entire Podhale has been considered a "mainstay of Polishness" for one hundred years. However, the vision of Zakopane as the "winter capital of Poland" - a city full of contrasts crowded in the season and extinct after it, where spontaneous highlander tradition and the mythology of Young Poland intertwine with the visual chaos and architectural mess . Preparing yourself for the mentioned – “a complex imaginarium ", problematization and concretization of visual and linguistic stereotypes that have grown up over the years around it is something constantly present in our culture. The emergence of new artistic expression means new opportunities and new perspectives. Hence the need to continually expand the Museum's collection documenting the cultural heritage of Zakopane and Podhale.The works presented in the exhibition relate to the established painting and literary traditions, images and representations of the Tatra Mountains and the theories (Zbigniew Rogalski's 'Monk'), Andrzej Wróblewski's gouaches, Antoni Kenar's sketches, and Michał Gąsienica Szostak's plaques).The museum collection has been supplemented with critical works that work on myths and sensitive topics (perhaps even taboos) for the region where the focus goes to the qualities, the difficulties and shortcomings known also in other places in the country (the film 'Ecosystem' by Hubert Czerepok).It is also worth paying attention to the possibility of interpreting the cultural heritage of the city (the activities of the Kilim Association and Lace School, transformed in the Artistic Weaving Technical College), in the works of contemporary artists, hence the presence of Paulina Ołowska tapestry entitled "Oksza" and presentation of Marta Gąsienica Szostak ("Soil") and Elżbieta Nałęcz-Kąszycka ("Avalanche"). The paintings of Arkadiusz Waloch (portraits of Tadeusz Brzozowski and Antoni Kenar), one of the teachers of the legendary "School of Kenar", in turn refer to people who created the history and atmosphere of Zakopane.The collection has to grow, which is why we show the works of artists on the exhibition, for which we want to enlarge our collection. These are works representing artists who live and work in Zakopane, who continue the tradition of the Zakopane artistic colony (photographs by Jarek Możdżyński documenting the process of creating a sculpture in the studio of Marcin Rząsa and three sculptures - sketches of this artist).
Many years ago, Andrzej Jakimowic in the introduction to the first March Salon wrote: "It is good to remember that Zakopane is not only Zakopane, and that there were two Witkiewiczes." The art collection at the Tatra Museum definitely will not let you forget about it.
Artists: Ireneusz Bęc, Hubert Czerepok, Zygmunt Januszewski, Antoni Kenar, Jarek Możdżyński, Elżbieta Nałęcz-Kąszycka, Paulina Ołowska, Zbigniew Rogalski, Marcin Rząsa, Marta Gąsienica Szostak, Michał Gąsienica Szostak, Arkadiusz Waloch, Władysław Werner, Andrzej Wróblewski.
The purchase of works by Hubert Czerepok, Paulina Ołowska and Zbigniew Rogalski was financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Marshal's Office of the Małopolska Voivodship.The Art Gallery of the 20th century in the Oksza VillaFrom October 25 until December 31, 2018