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The Museum of the Zakopane Style at "Koliba" villa
The Kornel Makuszyński Museum
The Korkosz Croft
Czarna Góra, Zagóra 86
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The Gallery of 20th Century Art at Oksza villa
The Władysław Hasior Gallery
Museum of the 1846 Chochołów Uprising
The Sołtys Croft
The Museum of the Zakopane Style - Inspirations
The Gallery of Art in Koziniec
The Dr. Tytus Chałubiński Tatra Museum was established in 1888, and in 1889 it was opened to visitors. This initially small regional institution, which took up only two rooms in a local highlander’s cottage in the centre of Zakopane, was tasked with ambitious goals. It was to focus on didactics and research, on exploring the Tatra Mountains and the entire vicinity.
This fundamental idea was taken up and quite specifically developed by Juliusz Zborowski (1888-1965), the first director of the Museum. He devoted all of his talent and effort into making a research centre in the Tatras, which would provide support to those interested in studying the mountains and the region located at their foot. His endeavours led to the creation of an institution which became a model regional museum attracting prominent scientists, initiating research projects and constantly developing its professional resources – the library and the museum collections.
The exhibition draws on the idea of the Museum which, as Juliusz Zborowski said, was “a shelter for knowledge about the Tatras and Podhale”. The rather small space of the display determines the synthetic form of the show. In this case, we are dealing with an installation of a sort, which has been arranged in the spirit of a museum catalogue. It has been created from selected items donated to the Museum in the times of Juliusz Zborowski by academics and amateurs who contributed to the making of the body of knowledge about this very special corner of Poland, its environment, history, and culture. The collection serves as a preface to the story about the researchers who had made it, and about the Tatra Museum – the special “shelter” for the knowledge that they and Juliusz Zborowski – the host of the place for many years – had worked on.
Come and see the exhibition which is a part of the celebrations of the 130th anniversary of the Tatra Museum – an institution which was born out of passion for knowledge about the Tatras and the people who live there.
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