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Exhibition Programme of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane

 

We warmly invite you to visit the Tatra Museum in 2013. In addition to our permanent collections of art, ethnography and natural history on display at the Museum’s main building and its 10 branches, we also offer a rich and varied programme of temporary exhibitions:
 
ORIENTAL DELIGHTS: HAND-WOVEN C17TH – C19TH CARPETS FROM THE EAST
 
October 13, 2012 – March 3, 2013
 
The Art Gallery in Koziniec
Zakopane, Droga na Koziniec 8
 
This annual exhibition presents an outstanding display of colourful seventeenth to nineteenth century carpets of Asia Minor, Central Asia, Persia and the Caucasus from Włodzimierz and Jerzy Kulczycki’s private collection, one of the largest of its kind in Poland.
 
VIOLIN-MAKING IN PODHALE REGION – A LIVING TRADITION
 
December 14, 2012 – February 24, 2013
 
The Gallery of 20th Century Art at Oksza villa,
Zakopane, ul. Zamoyskiego 25
 
This exhibition offers visitors an insight into the world of the violin-maker’s workshop –a place where these instruments are not only designed and constructed but also where people with a passion for violins meet, thus keeping this important and instrumental tradition of the Podhale region alive.
 
ART ON GLASS: EWELINA PĘKSOWA’S GLASS PAINTINGS FROM THE TATRA MUSEUM’S COLLLECTION
 
January 12 – May 19, 2013
 
The Museum of the Zakopane Style at Koliba villa
Zakopane, ul. Kościeliska 18
 
Ewelina Pęksowa is considered one of Poland’s greatest living glass painters. She continues the centuries-old regional Podhale tradition of painting colourful religious and folk scenes. Glass paintings have become an essential component of every proud Highlander’s home and is a unique form of art to this region. Among the works on display are eleven of the artist’s glass paintings purchased by the Tatra Museum in 2012 thanks to a grant from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
 
FROM THE BLACKSMITH’S FLOOR: A RETROSPECTIVE OF MIECZYSŁAW KRÓL-ŁĘGOWSKI’S FANTASTICAL CREATIONS
 
January 26 – April 7, 2013
 
The Władysław Hasior Gallery
Zakopane, ul. Jagiellońska 18 b
 
Mieczyslaw Król-Łęgowski, folk poet, sculptor, woodcarver, blacksmith, brooch-maker collector, learned his skills as a blacksmith in the family-run smithy in Zakopane. This exhibition celebrates thirty years of his creative work as an artist. He utilizes many functional items found in a blacksmith’s workshop and combines them to form sculptures featuring figures of humans, animals, unreal creatures. Alongside these sculptures, old smithy tools and iron-wrought objects from the collection of the artist will be on display.
 
FROM LWÓW TO CHAMONIX. THE CENTENARY OF BIRTH OF TADEUSZ WOWKONOWICZ
 
March 13 – June 9, 2013
 
The Gallery of 20th Century Art at Oksza villa
Zakopane, ul. Zamoyskiego 25
 
Tadeusz Wowkonowicz was an outstanding ski racer of the 1940s whose life was determined by three towns: Lwów (today’s Lviv in Ukraine), Zakopane and Chamonix. This exhibition, held on the centenary year of his birth, features items from his family’s archives in Chamonix and includes personal items, letters, and photographs which document Polish skiing in the 1940s, and was prepared by Dr. Leon Rak and Zbigniew Sokalski.
 
TRAINING THE FANTASY. MEMORIALS BY POLAND’S GREAT POST-WAR MASTER OF ART- WŁADYSŁAW HASIOR
 
April 20 – July 21, 2013
 
The Władysław Hasior Gallery
Zakopane, ul. Jagiellońska 18 b
 
Władysław Hasior is widely considered to be one of Poland’s greatest Post-war artists. Best known for his installations and banners, this exhibition looks at his work with monuments and outdoor sculptures in Zakopane (where he established his studio), elsewhere in Poland and abroad. He broke common sculptural conventions, used surprising solutions for content and form. This exhibition presents his completed and uncompleted projects. With the use of extensive photographic and film documentation, preserved sketches combined with statements of the sculptor there is a lot of extremely interesting material for visitors to expand their knowledge about Hasior’s artistic activity.
 
EXPEDITION. AMONG THE IDEAS INSPIRED BY THE TATRAS AND ZAKOPANE
 
May 18 – November 3, 2013
 
The Art Gallery in Koziniec
Zakopane, Droga na Koziniec 8
 
Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains became a popular tourist resort and destination for artists due to the nature, local culture and lifestyle - ways of being. Using the narrative structure proposed in Stanisław Witkiewicz’s seminal text "On the Pass", this exhibition presents the ideas formed in Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains, how they have changed, which have been forgotten, and which remain relevant and alive today.
 
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PRESENTATION OF COLLECTIONS OF ITALY’S NATIONAL MOUNTAIN MUSEUM IN TURIN AT THE TATRA MUSEUM IN ZAKOPANE
 
ALPINE BEAUTIES. MAGAZINE COVERS 1880-1940
June 15 – October 13, 2013
The Gallery of 20th Century Art at Oksza villa,
Zakopane, ul. Zamoyskiego 25
 
The exhibition presents the evolution of the female costume, in its "mountain version", through a hundred covers of fashion and literary magazines from around the world (eg. Cosmopolitan, The Illustrated London News, Le Figaro, Collier's, La Vie Parisienne), from 1880 to 1949, when the pictorial illustration leaves the field to photography.
 
MOUNTAINS ON PHOTOCHROM PRINTS 1890-1910
June 15 – October 13, 2013
The Gallery of 20th Century Art at Oksza villa,
Zakopane, ul. Zamoyskiego 25
 
The exhibition presents the main alpine resort towns of Europe and elsewhere, highlighting the "visual conquest" of the world in which the Photoglob company brought about the mass production of photochrom prints in just two decades (1890-1910). Even before the true colour photographic process (Autochrome) was widely used at the industrial level, the Swiss company was able to identify the common "need for colour" in the market, developing the Photochrom process: ink-based images produced through "the direct photographic transfer of an original negative onto litho and chromographic printing plates” that look deceptively like colour photographs, and were sold just as true colour photographs at tourist sites reached by middle-class travelers thanks to the new infrastructure, media and transport which made it easier to travel the length and breadth of Europe and across the world’s oceans.
 
BELLES IN ALPINE LANDSCAPES. ARTISTIC NUDES
June 15 – September 29, 2013
The Museum of the Zakopane Style at Koliba villa
Zakopane, ul. Kościeliska 18
 
This small exhibition presents the work of two photographers remembered for their outdoor nude studies: Georges Louis Arlaud (1869-1944), a photographer from Geneva, remembered for the series that he took in the South of France that were printed as photogravures in "Vingt Études de Nu en Plein Air" (Paris, Horos Editions, 1920) and Marcel Meys (1885-1972), a Parisian painter, known for his nude and autochromes as well, who took female figures inhabiting the natural landscape with their own nude body. Two examples of Pictorialism's emphasis on nature and the nude often found expression in the fusion of both, with the image of a nude female figure in an idyllic natural setting.
 
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ANNA SCHUMACHER. PAINTINGS
 
July 27 – September 29, 2013
 
The Władysław Hasior Gallery
Zakopane, ul. Jagiellońska 18 b
 
Anna Schumacher is a painter and award-winning book illustrator who has participated at numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad. An active participant in Zakopane’s artistic life, she graduated from the Art History Department of the Jagiellonian University and the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. This exhibition features works from her private collection, devoted to various subjects - landscapes, portraits, still-lifes.
 
WANDERING IN THE MOUNTAINS
 
October 26, 2013 – January 5, 2014
 
The Gallery of 20th Century Art at Oksza villa,
Zakopane, ul. Zamoyskiego 25
 
This exhibition is part of a series that presents residents of Zakopane whose lives are closely connected with mountains and nature. For the last twenty years Anna Delimat has worked for the Tatra Field Station of the Institute for the Protection of Nature of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is an expert in high-altitude flora and has been involved in many research projects, not only in the Tatra Mountains. Her photographs of sometimes solitary expeditions in the mountains of Europe, South America and Antarctica show once again how fascinating and life-affirming wandering in the mountains can be.
 
PICKING THE RIGHT PIPE: THE FASHION FOR PIPE-SMOKING IN THE PODHALE REGION
 
October 12 – December 31, 2013
 
The Museum of the Zakopane Style at Koliba villa
Zakopane, ul. Kościeliska 18
 
Smoking tobacco was very popular among Tatra Highlanders in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many centres of fashioning metal-plated clay pipes existed in the Podhale region. These pipes were also sold in the neighbouring Spisz and Orava regions and in the villages of the nearby Gorce mountains. The aim of the exhibition is to evoke this craft, which once thrived in Podhale. The exhibition will showcase the various types of highlander pipes from the years 1880 - 1969 and a variety of ornaments, pipe pins, leather pouches for tobacco, tools for cutting snuff. Also a workshop for fashioning pipes from 1888 will be on display along with a set of moulds and tools. Archive photographs and quotes from 19th century texts in which a Tatra Highlander was almost always presented with an ever-present pipe will complement the exhibition.
 
JÓZEF OPPENHEIM AND WANDA GENTILL-TIPPENHAUER. A ZAKOPANE LOVE STORY?
 
October 19 – December 31, 2013
 
The Gallery of 20th Century Art at Oksza villa
Zakopane, ul. Zamoyskiego 25
 
The exhibition will present two interesting personalities of the Zakopane interwar period. Józef Oppenheim, called "Opcio", was a well-known skier, mountaineer, head of the Tatra Mountain Rescue Service (TOPR) in the years 1914-1939, and a popular, much-liked Zakopane figure. Wanda was a redheaded painter born in Haiti. The exhibition explores the relationship between Wanda and Opcio. It features Oppenheim’s mountain photographs, "Ruda" Wanda’s paintings and their correspondence.
 
The Tatra Museum in Zakopane reserves the right to modify or change the exhibition programme.

 


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