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Temporary exhibitions

Tadeusz Boruta, //St Francis Entrusts Himself to the Care of the Church//, 2003, oil / canvas, 185 × 275 cm, courtesy T. Boruta1

Artists from Krakow: The Generation 1950–1969

Exhibition date: 29.10.2020 - 21.03.2021
Venue: Building A, level 0

The exhibition presents artists connected with Krakow born in the 1950s and 1960s. This is the third exhibition in the series inaugurated by MOCAK in October 2015. The goal of this series is to review art in the city which for centuries has been a capital of art.

Marian Eile, 1983, photo: Wojciech Plewiński, courtesy W. Plewiński2
Marian Eile

Artist and Editor

Exhibition date: 29.10.2020 - 21.03.2021
Venue: Building A, level 0

The Marian Eile exhibition is part of the series presenting artists from Krakow, whose media encompassed both image and words. The goal of the series is to refresh our memory of artists – somewhat forgotten – whose personalities had an impact on the cultural life of the city.

Marcin Berdyszak, //Revitalisation of Jacek Malczewski’s ‘Vicious Circle’//, 2011, installation, 200 cm × ø 200 cm, MOCAK Collection, photo: R. Sosin3
Marcin Berdyszak

Vicious Circles of Madness

Exhibition date: 29.10.2020 - 14.03.2021
Venue: Alfa Gallery

At the exhibition we present three installations: Ian Ross Baughman’s Multi-Equation Case Model, Revitalisation of Jacek Malczewski’s ‘Vicious Circle’ (MOCAK Collection) and Le danse macabre de terrorisme. The most important element in the works of Marcin Berdyszak is the human figure, contextualised by means of clothing, positioning, props and surroundings.

Paweł Althamer, Artur Żmijewski, untitled, 2017, mixed technique, 53.4 × 39 cm, courtesy P. Althamer / A. Żmijewski, Foksal Gallery Foundation4
Paweł Althamer, Artur Żmijewski

The Ultimate Song

Exhibition date: 29.10.2020 - 14.03.2021
Venue: Beta Gallery

At the exhibition The Ultimate Song by Paweł Althamer and Artur Żmijewski we present a selection of 20 collages created between 2017 and 2019. The collages are made of excerpts cut out from books- starting with Taschen’s erotic and pornographic publications, through nature and anatomical albums, to historical and scientific atlases.

Katarzyna Partyka-Smalcerz, //Longing//, 2020, photography, 40 × 60 cm, courtesy K. Partyka-Smalcerz5

Anthropocene. Student Exhibition – Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow

Exhibition date: 29.10.2020 - 14.03.2021
Venue: Re Gallery

The works presented at the exhibition express a sense of unease and insecurity at the prospect of the predicted climatic catastrophe. Nature can no longer take the human impact.

Robert Kuśmirowski, untitled, 2009, installation, MOCAK Collection6

Dialogue with the Space (MOCAK Collection)

Venue: Building A, level -1

Works in which the relationship with the surroundings they are in plays a significant role and provides a semantic clinch are usually called installations. Artists employ the exhibition space available or design it themselves. In this presentation, we show 14 works that form a relationship with a neutral environment. Some of these works annex the interiors they occupy, others become a part of its geometry, and others still make use of isolation, revealing fragments of their private worlds.

Muntean/Rosenblum, untitled [They realized that their capacity…], 2011, oil / canvas, 190 × 220 × 5 cm, MOCAK Collection7

Contemporary Models of Realism (MOCAK Collection)

Venue: Building A, level -1

The term ‘realism’ appeared in the second half of the 19th century. Nevertheless, the phenomenon of realistic representation applies throughout art history. In the popular perception, ‘good art’ is a faithful representation of reality. This is not, however, what artists consider the most important. They engage in a dialogue with realistic images using their tangibility as raw material to build their concepts.

Stanisław Dróżdż, //Uncertainty–Hesitation–Certainty//, 1967, 80 × 80 cm each, MOCAK Collection8
Stanisław Dróżdż

Concept-Shapes (MOCAK Collection)

Venue: Level -1

Stanisław Dróżdż is one of the most significant representatives of Polish conceptual art and the most renowned Polish concrete poet. The year 2019 is the year of the 80th anniversary of the poet’s birthday and also the 10th anniversary of his death. In commemoration, the Museum is presenting an individual exhibition of the artist, which comprises entirely works from the MOCAK Collection.

Permanent Exhibitions

Leopold Kessler, //Surrogate City Bike Station / MOCAK 2015//, 2015/2017 and Dorota Nieznalska, //A Gift to Krakow from Gdańsk//, 2017, photo: R. Sosin9

Outdoor Exhibits From The MOCAK Collection

Outdoor Exhibits From The Mocak Collection is a group of artworks situated in the area surrounding MOCAK refers to four subjects: the Holocaust, history of art, history of politics and intervention in public space.

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Krystian Lupa

Live Factory 2: Warhol by Lupa (MOCAK Collection)

Venue: Level -1

MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, in collaboration with the Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre in Krakow, is opening a new space as part of its Collection. We will be showing Krystian Lupa’s interactive installation Live Factory 2, based on the stage design for his theatre production Factory 2, which premiered at the Stary Theatre in 2008.

The Mieczysław Porębski Library in MOCAK11

The Mieczysław Porębski Library (MOCAK Collection)

MOCAK’s Library is located in a side building. In one of the halls, Mieczysław Porębski’s Library is be exhibited. Porębski, Poland’s most prominent art historian, many years ago expressed his wish to donate his book collection to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow. When the Museum came into being, he returned to that idea and handed over to the institution the Krakow part of his collection.


photo: R. Sosin12

The Museum for You

Since not everybody is in a position to visit the Museum, we have decide to organise a Visiting Collection. We have turned a bus into an exhibition room. We have also used the external body of the bus as exhibition space. The Visiting Collection presents 23 international artists

Józef Robakowski, //Record//, 1972, movie, 6 min, MOCAK Collection13

Thursdays with the Collection

Venue: Audiovisual hall

Thursdays with the Collection is a long-term project: each Thursday selected video works from the MOCAK Collection are shown in the Museum’s audiovisual hall.