This part of the collection was first displayed at the Bureau for Art Exhibitions in Zakopane in 1978. After finally finding a home in the Gallery in Koziniec, it is presented to the public almost every year, usually in summer. The sixty-five items, carpets and weavings originating in various regions and countries of Asia: Iran, Turkestan, Afghanistan, West Asia and the Caucasus, are admirable for the subtle and harmonious juxtapositions of colour and the wealth and mysterious symbolism of ornamentation.
Another set of works housed in the Kulczycki Gallery consists of paintings and prints by the 20th-century artist Marek Żuławski, which were donated by his widow Maryla Żuławska in 1986. Over a hundred works by the artist are displayed at the Kulczycki Gallery once every once in a while.
Marek Żuławski (1908–1985), son of Jerzy Żuławski and Kazimiera née Hanicka, spent his childhood in Zakopane where the Żuławski family lived in the Łada Villa till 1920. Outstanding Polish writers, poets and artists met at the Żuławskis’, among them Kazimierz Tetmajer, Jan Kasprowicz, Leopold Staff, Władysław Orkan, Tymon Niesiołowski, Artur Rubinstein, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Władysław Reymont, Stanisław Przybyszewski, Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński and Kazimierz Sichulski. Marek Żuławski and his brothers Juliusz and Wawrzyniec (who died in the Alps) did a good deal of climbing in the Tatra Mountains during their youth in Zakopane, and were the first to ascend a number of the Tatra summits. Marek Żuławski began to show an interest in painting in his last grammar school years. On completion of his schooling in Toruń, where the family had moved from Zakopane, he left for Warsaw to study painting at the School of Fine Arts with the Professors Tichy, Kowarski and Pękalski. After graduation, he went abroad in 1935. Two years later he settled in London where he lived till the end of his life. The artist very aptly summarizes the essence of his oeuvre in his autobiographic book Szkic do autoportretu [Sketch for a Self-portrait]. ‘My painting is full of allusions. The goal is to conjure up a mood, a climate whereby to prompt the viewer to reflection. I want my image to be more than the arithmetical sum of elements, [I want it] to be a symbol or a visual interpretation of an experience. I want to convey my attitude towards the world, to use painterly expression to say what cannot be said otherwise. I want to create a new image of man in the context of the present’.
The Kulczycki Gallery is first and foremost at the service of the Art Department. Collections, which are not part of the museum’s permanent exhibitions, are put on show here. This is carried out within such thematic series as e.g. the ‘Tatra Landscape: The Tatra Mountains and the Region of Podhale in Watercolour’ or ‘Portraits in the Collection of the Tatra Museum’. However, this is also where exhibitions of items from the ethnographic and natural history collections are likewise held as well as ones illustrating the history of skiing. In 1996, the first monographic exhibition of Stanisław Witkiewicz’s artistic oeuvre was on show at the Kulczycki Gallery. In 1997, on the occasion of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Zakopane, an exhibition of antique painting on glass from the collection of the Tatra Museum was put on here. In 1998, the public could see a natural history exhibition entitled ‘Klejnoty Ordynacji Dzieduszyckich’ [Highlights of the Dzieduszycki Estate], invited to Zakopane from Lwów. The gallery also acted as host to large exhibitions organized by the National Museums in Warsaw and Cracow like ‘Tadeusz Brzozowski. Obrazy’ [Tadeusz Brzozowski. Paintings] and ‘Między Giewontem a Parnasem. Inspiracje sztuką ludową Podhala’ [Between Mt Giewont and Parnassus. Podhale Folk Art Inspirations], ‘Świat Leli Pawlikowskiej’ [The World of Lela Pawlikowska], ‘Rafał Malczewski i mit Zakopanego’ [Rafał Malczewski and the Myth of Zakopane], ‘Wiatr halny. Wrażenia i obrazy z Tatr’ [The Foehn: Tatra Inspirations and Images].