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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

29.10.2020 - 30.05.2021
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

29.10.2020 - 30.05.2021
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.

Paweł Althamer, Artur Żmijewski, untitled, 2017, mixed technique, 53.4 × 39 cm, courtesy P. Althamer / A. Żmijewski, Foksal Gallery Foundation3
Paweł Althamer, Artur Żmijewski

The Ultimate Song

29.10.2020 - 23.05.2021
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.

Marcin Berdyszak, //Revitalisation of Jacek Malczewski’s ‘Vicious Circle’//, 2011, installation, 200 cm × ø 200 cm, MOCAK Collection, photo: R. Sosin4
Marcin Berdyszak

Vicious Circles of Madness

29.10.2020 - 03.05.2021
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.

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

Anthropocene. Student Exhibition – Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow

29.10.2020 - 03.05.2021
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.

Roman Ingarden, photographic self-portrait, 1942, photo © Krzysztof Ingarden Archive6
Roman Ingarden

Philosopher and Photographer

12.05.2020 - 27.09.2020
Venue: Alfa Gallery

The exhibition is part of our series of projects in which we showcase outstanding poets, writers and thinkers in other than their accustomed creative roles – as painters, draftsmen, collage makers or photographers. To date, we have exhibited works by Wisława Szymborska, Zbigniew Herbert, Joachim Ringelnatz, Leon Chwistek and Herta Müller. Each exhibition is accompanied by a sizeable publication that analyses and compares the different creative fields.

Zbigniew Libera, //KZL LEGO//, 1996,photograph, MOCAK Collection 7

World War II – Drama, Symbol, Trauma

24.10.2019 - 27.09.2020
Venue: level 0

In preparing an exhibition about World War II, we had no ambition to chart its history but rather to focus on some threads that have had the greatest impact on the Polish consciousness. Artworks are accompanied by documents as well as propaganda and literary materials. In the exhibition we present 39 artists. Many of the works come from the MOCAK Collection.

The Krasnals, Whielki Krasnal, //Pope John Paul II Gives a Left-Handed Blessing//, 2011, oil / canvas, 55 × 46 cm, private collection8

The Pope

12.05.2020 - 20.09.2020
Venue: Beta Gallery

The Pope is a further exhibition that brings diverse artistic responses to the bishop of Rome. The previous show took place in 2014. Today, on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Karol Wojtyła (1920–2005), known to the world as John Paul II, the Museum has prepared a presentation devoted in its entirety to the phenomenon of the Polish Pope.

Mikołaj Smoczyński, //Self-Portrait//, 1990, photography, 16.5 × 21.9 cm, MOCAK Collection9
Mikołaj Smoczyński

Private Exhibition

24.10.2019 - 20.09.2020
Venue: Re Gallery

The oeuvre of Mikołaj Smoczyński (1955–2009) continues to be discovered anew. MOCAK houses the entire body of his artistic legacy. The exhibition aims to bring the figure of the one of most prominent Polish artists closer to the audiences. This year we commemorate the tenth anniversary of Smoczyński’s death.

Guido Casaretto, //Do Unpleasant People Share Similar Features? IV//, 2019, graphite, charcoal / resin, 193 × 230 × 150 cm, courtesy Adamovskiy Foundation, photo: K. Kaygusuz10
Guido Casaretto

The Ghosts of Matter

24.10.2019 - 30.08.2020
Venue: Building A, level 0

The exhibition is the latest in a series of individual presentations by artists whose works are featured in the MOCAK Collection. Guido Casaretto is interested in matter per se – the sea, mountains, the universe, but also stone and wood. Casaretto analyses different forms of the matter of the Universe, and subsequently – using a variety of media – produces their replicas.

Wiesław Dymny, photo: courtesy Anna Dymna11
Wiesław Dymny

I Am a Wounded Man: Writer, Actor, Painter

24.10.2019 - 15.03.2020
Venue: Alfa Gallery

At the exhibition we present a few dozen of works by Wiesław Dymny – paintings, drawings, collages, book cover designs, stage set designs and photographs, selected from the artist’s abundant legacy. The majority are undated; they were created as sketches of whatever the artist happened to have to hand. Dymny was dismissive of his works; he gave them out to friends and cared little for them – as far as he was concerned, his task was done when the work was completed.

 Shinji Ogawa, //Pisa 5//, from the series //Perfect World//, 2014, pencil / paper, 57.6 × 76.5 cm, MOCAK Collection 12
Shinji Ogawa

I Enter Every Reality

24.10.2019 - 15.03.2020
Venue: Beta Gallery

Exhibition to celebrate the artist’s 60th birthday. This is the first such comprehensive presentation of selected works by Shinji Ogawa in the MOCAK Collection. It has been supplemented with works on loan from the artist and from private collections (Mizuho Ogawa, Seiichi Yoschino and STANDING PINE).

Rudolf Carl von Ripper, //Education of the Citizen//, 1938, etching, 29.7 × 39.7 cm, courtesy Sachsenhausen Museum and Memorial Site13

Crush the Infamous! Artists from the Collection of Sachsenhausen

24.10.2019 - 12.01.2020
Venue: Building A, level -1

At the exhibition we show the works of eight artists – former prisoners of Oranienburg and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. The narration of the exhibition is based not only on works created during the imprisonment, but also on those from before and after the war, not related to the camp experience. The exhibition includes multimedia materials, photographs and archival materials.

Willy Verginer, //Ecological Balance//¸ 2019, sculpture, 90 × 125 × 60 cm, courtesy of W. Verginer14

Nature in Art

26.04.2019 - 29.09.2019
Venue: Level 0

At the exhibition Nature in Art we show contemporary works of more than 70 artists from many countries, in techniques ranging from painting, photography and video to object and installation. The exhibition has been divided into five parts: Beauty, Ecology, Confrontation, Matter and Symbol.

Beata Stankiewicz, //Jonasz Stern//, from the series //Ten Jews Who Made Poland Famous//, 2018, oil, water marker / canvas, 100 × 70 cm, MOCAK Collection, photo: R. Sosin15
Beata Stankiewicz

Ten Jews Who Made Poland Famous

28.06.2019 - 22.09.2019
Venue: Alfa Gallery

The series of paintings by Beata Stankiewicz entitled Ten Jews Who Made Poland Famous is a deliberate reference to Andy Warhol’s series Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century. Both series present figures whose fame and greatness mattered more than their ethnicity. Both artists suggest – with a certain dose of bitterness – that bias against Jews can only be tempered by their individual genius.

Herta Müller, untitled, 2012, collage, 14,8 cm × 10,5 cm, courtesy of H. Müller16
Herta Müller

Where One Cannot Speak: Word as Image, Image as Word

28.06.2019 - 22.09.2019
Venue: Beta Gallery

At the exhibition we present dozens of the collages by the Laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature Herta Müller, which she created during 2005–2018. This is the first-ever presentation of these works in a museum of contemporary art.

Patrycja Polkowska, //Body Language//, 2014, video, 11 min 40 s, courtesy of Lodz Film School17

Lodz Film School: The Young Generation

28.06.2019 - 22.09.2019
Venue: Re Gallery

At the exhibition we will be showing the end-of-year etudes by first-year students of the Film and TV Directing Departmentat the Lodz Film School, produced in the documentary studio led by Grażyna Kędzielawska and Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz.

Dana Arieli, //Kraków//, from the series //Phantom Project// [2009–], 2015, digital photograph, 50 × 75 cm, courtesy of D. Arieli, http://phantoms.photography18
Dana Arieli

The Polish Phantom

28.06.2019 - 31.08.2019
Venue: MOCAK Library

In MOCAK Library, we present a selection of her photographs from the series The Polish Phantom. The exhibition comprises five parts (Warsaw, Nowa Huta, Krakow, Auschwitz, Kielce). Contemporary photographs document objects, spaces and places related to World War II and Polish People’s Republic.

A woman, behind an IDO researcher, Nowa Wieś, Krynica, Nowy Sącz county, General Government, 1940, Sektion Rassen- und Volkstumsforschung IDO, Jagiellonian University Archives19
Dorota Nieznalska

Violence and Memory

26.04.2019 - 18.08.2019
Venue: Level -1

The exhibition presents archival photographic materials from the race and folklore sections as well as the landscape sections of the Institute of German Works in the East. (IDO), which are now to be found at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the Jagiellonian University and in the Jagiellonian University Archives. The photographs created during World War II, mainly of the Podhale and Lemko highlanders, were incorporated into the symbolic form of the Carpathian iconostasis.

Michael Schmidt, untitled, from the series //LEBENSMITTEL//, 2006–2010, gelatin silver print, 56.1 × 81.6 cm, courtesy of Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm, © Foundation for Photography and Media Art with the Michael Schmidt Archive20
Michael Schmidt


26.04.2019 - 16.06.2019
Venue: Beta Gallery

The LEBENSMITTEL (Foodstuffs) photobook and exhibition project by the German photographer Michael Schmidt, born in Berlin in 1945, comprises 177 photographs, taken between 2006 and 2010, on twenty-six trips around Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, and Spain. The photographs were shot at feedlots and slaughterhouses, fish farms and commercial greenhouses, fruit farms and vegetable plantations, pasta factories and cheese dairies, as well as at various plants processing meat, potatoes, and insects.

Anna Orłowska, from the series //Pompier, Muck, Socrococo//, photography, 56 × 70 cm, 2019 © Anna Orłowska21
Anna Orłowska

Pompier, Muck, Socrococo

26.04.2019 - 16.06.2019
Venue: Re Gallery

Artist Anna Orłowska, chose the Lenin Steelworks’ fortress-like administrative centre, popularly known as the ‘Doge’s Palace’, as the starting point for her exhibition. In addition to photographing of the ‘Doge’s Palace’, Orłowska took shots of the nineteenth-century manor house of painter Jan Matejko, located just a kilometre away. The physical proximity of these two buildings, constructed in eras so apparently mutually antithetical, became a point of departure for reflections on the intellectual and formal affinities between the art of Matejko – the greatest of Polish pompiers – and socialist realism.

//Clinic// exhibition at MOCAK, photo: R. Sosin22
Łukasz Surowiec


30.05.2019 - 09.06.2019
Venue: Alfa Gallery

The materials presented in the exhibition come from the production Clinic by Łukasz Surowiec, staged in Poznań at the end of October 2016. His protagonists were incurable actively drinking alcoholics, mostly homeless, who – due to their life situation and administrative requirements – were unable to undertake effective therapy.

MOCAK Café, photo: R. Sosin23
Wolfgang Tillmans

Vote Together

17.05.2019 - 26.05.2019
Venue: MOCAK Café

Guests at the MOCAK Café had the opportunity to see Vote Together posters designed by Wolfgang Tillmans.

courtesy of K.M. Bednarski, photo: R. Sosin24
Krzysztof M. Bednarski

Karl Marx vs Moby Dick: An Analysis of Form and Demolition of Ideas

26.10.2018 - 24.03.2019
Venue: Building A, level 0

Moby Dick and Karl Marx dominate the creative output of Krzysztof M. Bednarski. The first is represented as a simple, smooth object that inspires thoughtful reflection. The other as a dishevelled head, which provokes discussion. Moby Dick symbolises a mirror that reveals the depravity of human nature. Marx symbolises the regard for human fate, a regard that has inspired political crimes. KMB employs both these objects in terms of both form and ideas.

Muntean/Rosenblum, untitled [The forest flies apart...], 2018, oil / canvas, 270 × 430 cm, courtesy of Muntean/Rosenblum, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam 25

Walking Wounded

26.10.2018 - 24.03.2019
Venue: Building A, level 0

Markus Muntean and Adi Rosenblum have been an artistic duo since 1992. They are known primarily as authors of monumental compositions – group scenes accompanied by quotations from literature. The protagonists of their paintings are young people whose figures have been repainted from photographic materials from the artists’ archives, magazines and the internet.

Akira Inumaru, //Ignis fatuus// (//Jack-o’-Lantern//), 2013, mixed technique / paper, 109,5 × 79 cm, MOCAK Collection26
Akira Inumaru

The Language of Flowers

26.10.2018 - 17.03.2019
Venue: Alfa Gallery

For Akira Inumaru, nature is an inspiration and material. The artist uses flowers and dyes obtained from plants, and subjects them to the impact of the sun.

whisper 91 internet27
Mac Adams


26.10.2018 - 17.03.2019
Venue: Beta Gallery

The subject of the Mac Adams’ fascination and source of inspiration are situations which are both ambiguous and disturbing. He creates installations and photographs in which he manipulates the perception of viewers in such a way that they have the impression of watching a crime scene.

Emilia Turek, //Game-Playing//, 2018, object, 10 × 50.5 × 31.5 cm, courtesy of E. Turek, photo: E. Turek28

The Studio of Łukasz Skąpski

26.10.2018 - 17.03.2019
Venue: Re Gallery

At the exhibition we show photographs, videos and objects by students and graduates of the Skąpski Studio of Photography and Artistic Strategies at the Academy of Art in Szczecin.

Boris Lurie, untitled, 1981, mixed technique, 61 × 90,2 cm, courtesy of Boris Lurie Art Foundation29
Boris Lurie

Pop-Art After the Holocaust

26.10.2018 - 03.02.2019
Venue: Building A, level -1

Boris Lurie (1924–2008) was an American artist, who was born into a Jewish family in Leningrad (today Saint Petersburg). Lurie’s creative output encompassed many fields: he was a visual artist – creating paintings, installation and objects – as well as a writer and poet. His was art that was politically engaged and called for social action, art that was spontaneous, anarchic and therapeutic.

Alicja Biała, //Flour//, collage, 2018, 41 × 29 cm, courtesy of A. Biała, photo: A. Biała30
Alicja Biała

Polish Cut-Outs

06.10.2018 - 09.12.2018
Venue: MOCAK Library

Polish Cut-Outs by Alicja Biała are an ever-expanding collection of over 40 collages. The biggest ones are compositions more than two metres long. The exhibition will feature both new cut-outs and those illustrating Marcin Świetlicki’s selection of poems Poland (A Collection of Patriotic Songs).

Włodzimierz Pawlak, //Poles Forming Their National Flag//, 1997, oil, pencil / canvas, 54 × 38 cm, Collection of Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw31

Motherland in Art

27.04.2018 - 30.09.2018
Venue: Building A, Level 0

The key concept of ‘motherland’ has been undergoing a great and at times painful modernisation in today’s world.

MOCAK Collection exhibition, photo: R. Sosin32

MOCAK Collection: Polish Collection of Josef Kloppenborg

27.04.2018 - 30.09.2018
Venue: Building A, level -1

The new exhibition of the MOCAK Collection consists of two distinct and very different parts. The first one is Polish collection of Josef Kloppenborg. In the second part, we present the sculpture and objects that the Museum has acquired in the last three years.

Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, //K 194//, 1953, oil / canvas, 50 × 60 cm, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, photo: copyright Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation, Switzerland33
Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart

To the Absolute through the Abstract

29.06.2018 - 23.09.2018
Venue: Alfa Gallery

Today, the works of Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart can be found in the most important museum collections throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern in London and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. In the Museum in Wiesbaden there is an archive devoted to the artist and it is there that the largest institutional collection of Vordemberge-Gildewart’s works can be found. At the exhibition we present over 20 works from the collections of the museums in Osnabrück and Wiesbaden, as well as art galleries in Berlin and London and private collections.

Ona Juciūtė, //Armstrong / Blues//, 2018, instalacja, wymiary różne, courtesy of O. Juciūtė, photo: O. Juciūtė34

Play within the Walls of the Academy

29.06.2018 - 23.09.2018
Venue: Re Gallery

At the exhibition we present the works of current students and recent graduates of the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vilnius (Vilniaus dailės akademija). The objects, installations and films on display were created during 2014–2018 under the guidance of Deimantas Narkevičius. Their formal and thematic diversity results from the teaching methods used and the approach to art.

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Award of the Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation 2018

29.06.2018 - 16.09.2018
Venue: Beta Gallery

Each year, the course funded by the grant from the Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation in Switzerland takes place in different countries. In 2011 MOCAK organised its first Polish edition, with the participation of 15 artists. Their works were presented in the exhibition Award of the Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation. From amongst them, the international jury, appointed by the Foundation’s Council, selected three winners: the first prize (20 000 Swiss francs) went to Anna Okrasko, and two distinctions (of 10 000 Swiss francs each) – to Róża Litwa and Jan Dziaczkowski.

Dietrich Helms, //untitled//, 1960, ink / paper, 61.7 × 87.8 cm, the MOCAK Collection36
Dietrich Helms

In Search of the Total Drawing

27.04.2018 - 17.06.2018
Venue: Galeria Alfa

At the exhibition we present drawings by Dietrich Helms (b. 1933) from 1954–2006. The earliest date back to when the artist was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg.

Salvatore Vitale, from the series //How To Secure a Country//, 2014–2018, photography, © S. Vitale37
Salvatore Vitale

Elusive noise: unfolding the virtual (2014-2018)

27.04.2018 - 17.06.2018
Venue: Beta Gallery

The exhibition is part of the Krakow Photomonth 2018 Festival.

Michał Łuczak, from the series //Extraction//, 2017–2018, photography, © M. Łuczak38
Michał Łuczak

Extraction (2017-2018)

27.04.2018 - 17.06.2018
Venue: Re Gallery

The exhibition is part of the Krakow Photomonth 2018 Festival.

Cecylia Malik, //319th Tree, Ash, 9 August 2010, behind Kościuszko Mound//, from the series //365 Trees//, 2009–2010, photograph, courtesy of C. Malik39

Artists from Krakow: The Generation 1970–1979

20.10.2017 - 02.04.2018
Venue: Building A, level 0

Artists from Krakow: Generation 1970–1979 is the second in our biennial series, in which we show the most important trends in Krakow’s contemporary art. The artists presented in the current exhibition graduated at the turn of the 20th century. The majority are familiar on the international art circuit and some are lecturers at art academies.

photo: P. Jasielski, 201740
Przemysław Jasielski, Rainer Prohaska

Nonsense Technologies

20.10.2017 - 02.04.2018
Venue: Building A, level 0

Since 2015, Przemysław Jasielski and Rainer Prohaska have been working on their concept of ‘nonsense technologies’; in joint exhibitions, they have shown their works which ironically combine art and sciences. At MOCAK, we will be showing interactive objects and installations from 2009–2017.

Leon Chwistek, untitled [Self-portrait], 1920s – 1930s, ink / papier, 34 × 21 cm, private collection41
Leon Chwistek

New Trends in Art

20.10.2017 - 25.03.2018
Venue: Galeria Beta

In the history of Polish art, Leon Chwistek has made his name as a trend setter. He was a philosopher and logician but he was also fascinated by the avant-garde tension of his time. Endowed with considerable intellectual and artistic potential, he saw it as his duty to influence the shape of the changes to come. First, he became involved in the formist movement, becoming its intellectual spokesman.

Karolina Wojciechowska, //Untitled #4//, 2015, silkscreen / paper, 100 × 70 cm, courtesy of K. Wojciechowska42

Play on Meanings

20.10.2017 - 25.03.2018
Venue: Re Gallery

The exhibition has been devised by Jarosław Kozłowski. Professor invited his ex-students to show their works at the Re Gallery.

Ralf Wassermeyer Collection, courtesy of Center for Persecuted Arts in Solingen43
Joachim Ringelnatz

Poetry and Art on the Brink of Nazism

04.10.2017 - 25.03.2018
Venue: Galeria Alfa

Joachim Ringelnatz (1883–1934) is one of the classics of German poetry. Snippets of his humorous verse that distances itself from the reality are still popular today as topical aphorisms. In Cuxhaven, a town with close links to the poet, there is the Ringelnatz Museum. Ringelnatz was also a painter; his paintings, however, have not been very well known.

Juliusz Słowacki, //Maria Stuart//, Oflag II C Woldenberg, 1943, courtesy of Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute44


20.10.2017 - 28.01.2018
Venue: Building A, level -1

Between 1939 and 1945, in concentration camps and POW camps there was theatre. Much has been written about the artistic activities of the prisoners in such camps but we do not have much information about performative creativity. The present exhibition provides the first-ever opportunity to take a close look at theatrical activity in the camps.

Léo Caillard, from the series //Hipsters in Stone//, 2013, photograph, 120 × 180 cm, courtesy of Sebastien Adrien Gallery – Paris45

Art in Art

28.04.2017 - 01.10.2017
Venue: Level 0

Art in Art is another exhibition in our series that confronts important areas of life with their perception by artists. This exhibition will, however, differ from the others.

Jonasz Stern, //Kalush 1942//, 1988, mixed technique, 50 × 70 cm, private collection46
Jonasz Stern

Landscape after the Holocaust

30.06.2017 - 24.09.2017
Venue: Beta Gallery, MOCAK

With his life and art, Jonasz Stern left a permanent mark on the Polish art of the 20th century. Before the war, he was a member of the first Grupa Krakowska (Krakow Group), and in 1957 he co‑founded Grupa Krakowska II, with members including Maria Jarema and Tadeusz Kantor. These were the two most significant artistic formations in Poland.

//Remote Viewing//, 2017, video, 11 parts, 51 min, directed by Miri Segal, production: Postgraduate Fine Art Program, Hamidrasha Beit Berl College, part 3: Avner Pinchover, Dafna Talmon, //The Tree of Life Spa//47

Poland ↔ Israel

30.06.2017 - 24.09.2017
Venue: Re Gallery

The exhibition in the Re Gallery has been organised in collaboration with Miri Segal, PhD, the head of the Postgraduate Fine Art Program at Hamidrasha Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba, Israel – as part of the aforementioned program.

John Blake, //600 Eyes for Krzysztofory//, 1981, photograph of the installation, 126 × 179.3 cm, MOCAK Archive48

The Artist and the Trace: Materials from the MOCAK Collection Artists' Archive

28.04.2017 - 17.09.2017
Venue: Alfa Gallery

The exhibition is the first in a series intended to popularise the MOCAK Archive collection. The objects on display are testimony to artistic processes and ephemeral performative actions. The unique archival material documents public actions, artistic projects, and exhibitions from the period 1973–2004.

Susan Lipper, from the //Grapevine: 1988–1992// series, © Susan Lipper, courtesy of S. Lipper, Higher Pictures49
Susan Lipper

Grapevine: 1988–1992

28.04.2017 - 18.06.2017
Venue: Beta Gallery

The exhibition is organized as a part of the Krakow Photomonth 2017 Festival.

Diana Lelonek, //PWN Encyclopedia//, from the series //A New Archaeology for Liban and Płaszów//, 2017, photograph of found object © D. Lelonek50
Diana Lelonek

A New Archaeology for Liban and Płaszów

28.04.2017 - 18.06.2017
Venue: Re Gallery

The exhibition is organized as a part of the Krakow Photomonth Festival 2017.

Daniel Spoerri, //Hat Feathers// (//Hutfedern//), 2005, installation, 39 elements, courtesy of Daniel Spoerri, LEVY Galerie, Hamburg51
Daniel Spoerri

Art Taken Out of the Ordinary

21.10.2016 - 02.04.2017
Venue: Level 0

One can judge an artist by whether he has discovered his own method of ‘processing the world’ – one that opens the eyes of others to new symbolic areas. Daniel Spoerri is a great artistic discoverer.

Jarosław Kozłowski, //Imagination Zone//, 1970, photograph, 17.5 × 16 cm, courtesy of J. Kozłowski52
Jarosław Kozłowski

Sensations of Reality and Conceptual Practices 1965–1980

21.10.2016 - 02.04.2017
Venue: Level 0

The exhibition is another in the series of individual presentations of artists from the MOCAK Collection. We are showing Jarosław Kozłowski's early works from the period 1965-1980: drawings, sketches, photographs, paintings, as well as installations and assemblages. They are an expression of the artist's personal experiences placed in a political-historical context.

Nezaket Ekici & Shahar Marcus, //Salt Dinner//, 2012, video, 3 min 16 s, courtesy of the artists & Braverman Gallery Tel Aviv53

The Sea

21.10.2016 - 26.03.2017
Venue: Alfa Gallery

The motif of the sea has been present in art and literature for centuries. The presentation in Alfa Gallery shows a variety of works executed in different media by contemporary artists from Poland and other countries, who have been inspired by this theme.

Jannicke Låker, //Sunday Mornings//, 2007, video, 9 min 4 s, courtesy of J. Låker54
Jannicke Låker


21.10.2016 - 26.03.2017
Venue: Beta Gallery

The twentieth-century existential philosopher Karl Jaspers introduced the concept of Grenzsituationen, limit situations; amongst these extreme situations he included death, struggle, suffering and guilt.

Katarzyna Bobiec, untitled, 2016, photograph, 10 × 15 cm, courtesy of K. Bobiec55

Social Performance

21.10.2016 - 26.03.2017
Venue: Re Gallery

Katarzyna Bobiec and Dominika Borkowska are students of artistic mediation at the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. In Re Gallery they have arranged interactive spaces inspired by their performance activities.

Nicole Tran Ba Vang, untitled [06], from the series //Spring/Summer 2001 Collection//, 2001, photograph, 120 × 120 cm, courtesy of N. Tran Ba Vang56

Medicine in Art

22.04.2016 - 02.10.2016
Venue: Level 0

Medicine in Art is another exhibition in the series that confronts terms permeating the public sphere of reference with the viewpoint of the artist.

Olga Kisseleva, from the series //Not So Miscellany//, photographs, 2009–2010, 40 × 60 cm each, courtesy of O. Kisseleva57
Olga Kisseleva

Still Life: Psychological Portrait

24.06.2016 - 25.09.2016
Venue: Beta Gallery

The exhibition will present two series combining photographs and text. The images show carefully arranged food items and everyday objects. The series Not So Miscellany is reminiscent of traditional still lifes, whilst works from the series Hyper Reality are open compositions.

Joanna Kaczor, //IV//, from the cycle //The Mirror Will Remember Nothing//, 2016, aquaforte on photocopy print, 100 × 70 cm. Courtesy of J. Kaczor58

Trial Print

24.06.2016 - 25.09.2016
Venue: Re Gallery

The exhibition presents works created in 2014–2016 in the Copperplate Engraving Studio of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow under Professor Krzysztof Tomalski.

Robert Devriendt, (#1) from the cycle //I am not an image//, 2015, oil / canvas, 11,5 × 14 cm. Courtesy of R. Devriendt 59
Robert Devriendt

Making Connections

22.04.2016 - 25.09.2016
Venue: Alfa Gallery

The exhibition of works by Robert Devriendt is another individual presentation of artists from the MOCAK Collection.

Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga, //Acrobat Book #2//, 2008 ⓒ Aneta Grzeszykowska. Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery in Warsaw60
Krakow Photomonth Festival

Aneta Grzeszykowska

22.04.2016 - 12.06.2016
Venue: Beta Gallery

The exhibition is organized as a part of the Krakow Photomonth Festival 2016.

Max Pinckers, //Rajnish and Pooja at the Love Commandos shelter//, undisclosed location, India, 2013, from the //Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty// series © Max Pinckers61
Krakow Photomonth Festival

Max Pinckers Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty*

22.04.2016 - 12.06.2016
Venue: Re Gallery

The exhibition is organized as a part of the Krakow Photomonth Festival 2016.

Tomasz Wiatr, //Jeremy Irons//, 2013, pencil / paper, 59 × 42 cm. Courtesy of T. Wiatr  62
Tomasz Wiatr

Looking for Yourself in Others

22.04.2016 - 11.06.2016
Venue: MOCAK Library

Looking for Yourself in Others is an exhibition of 13 drawings by Tomasz Wiatr at the MOCAK Library. A doctor from Krakow, he embarked on a creative way of spending his leisure time and began a parallel life as an artist.

Irena Kalicka, untitled, from the series //What Happened Will Not Unhappen//, 2013/2014, photograph63

Artists from Krakow: The Generation 1980–1990

16.10.2015 - 28.03.2016
Venue: Level 0

MOCAK is embarking on a series of exhibitions showing the oeuvres of artists who live and work in Krakow. These presentations will encompass a variety of media. The series is inaugurated with a show of artists born between 1980 and 1990.

Csaba Nemes, //Far from the Sea//, from the series //Father’s Name: Csaba Nemes//, 2013, oil / canvas, MOCAK Collection64
Csaba Nemes

When Politics Enters Daily Life

16.10.2015 - 28.03.2016
Venue: Level 0

In his distinctive art practice, Hungarian artist Csaba Nemes critically investigates sites of social and economic imbalances, the unexpected overlaps between personal and political history, and instances of friendship in times of despair. The exhibition at MOCAK presents Nemes’s singular artistic achievement that deftly branches into painting, drawing, film, animation and photography.

Tadeusz Kantor in rehearsal of //The Dead Class// at the Royal College of Art in Edinburg, 1976, courtesy of the Demarco European Art Foundation65

Beuys, Kantor, Demarco

16.10.2015 - 20.03.2016
Venue: Beta Gallery, MOCAK Library

The exhibition is devoted to the three artists Joseph Beuys, Tadeusz Kantor and Richard Demarco.

Georg Pinteritsch, //hausu//, 2013, oil / canvas, 30 × 30 cm, courtesy of G. Pinteritsch, photo: Martin Bilinovac66

Young Painting from Linz

16.10.2015 - 20.03.2016
Venue: Re Gallery

The exhibition at the Re Gallery at MOCAK will present works by six students at the University of Art and Design Linz in Austria.

Wojciech Wilczyk, //Amager – Uplandsgade//, 2014, from the series //Blue Pueblo//, photograph, 50 × 50 cm, courtesy of W. Wilczyk67
Wojciech Wilczyk, Grzegorz Wróblewski

Poetry and Photography – The ‘Blue Pueblo’ Project

16.10.2015 - 17.01.2016
Venue: Alfa Gallery

The exhibition is pivoted on a fusion of poetry and photography. In 2013, Grzegorz Wróblewski wrote his poem Blue Pueblo. Inspired by it, Wojciech Wilczyk took a series of photographs of Amager, the district of Copenhagen where the poet lives. The poem and a series of black-and-white photographs, displayed on the wall side by side, all combine into the project Blue Pueblo.

Visualisation of the exhibition //Impossible Objects//, © Institute of Architecture / Jakub Woynarowski68

Impossible Objects

16.10.2015 - 17.01.2016
Venue: Level -1

The first edition of the exhibition Impossible Objects took place in the Polish Pavilion at the 14th Biennale of Architecture in Venice. At MOCAK we will be showing the most significant element of the project that represented Poland at the Architecture Biennale.

Sarah Schönfeld, //weil wenn...//, 2004, photograph, courtesy of S. Schönfeld69

Poland – Israel – Germany: The Experience of Auschwitz

15.05.2015 - 31.10.2015
Venue: Level -1, Alfa Gallery, MOCAK Library

The exhibition at MOCAK highlights the significant presence of the theme of Auschwitz in the historical, social and cultural discourse. It demonstrates how contemporary artists from Poland, Israel and Germany interpret events from the past. This is not about presenting art broadly thematically related to the Holocaust, rather – about works that deal with the ‘anus mundi’– Auschwitz as a place of genocide, the most tragic man-made symbol there is.

Maciej Osika, from the series //Self-portrait Collection//, 2000–2012, photograph, 70 × 50 cm, courtesy of M. Osika70

Gender in Art

15.05.2015 - 27.09.2015
Venue: Level 0

Gender in Art is another project in MOCAK's series that confronts significant civilisational themes with artist's interpretation. The international exhibition will feature works of about forty artists. The accompanying publication, beside documenting the exhibition, will be a collection of essays which will present the issue from different perspectives.

Patryk Lutrzykowski, //Gender Colouring Book//, 2014, digital painting / paper, 21 × 21 cm, courtesy of the artist71


26.06.2015 - 13.09.2015
Venue: Re Gallery

At the exhibition we present works by four students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. The works illustrate the changes that have taken place in the social roles designated to men or women. The subject matter of S/he is related to the exhibition presented in the main part of the museum – Gender in Art.

Zbigniew Herbert, September – November 1997, pencil / paper, 14.8 × 10.5 cm, from the collection of the National Library of Poland in Warsaw72
Zbigniew Herbert


26.06.2015 - 13.09.2015
Venue: Beta Gallery

The exhibition is part of the series of exhibitions at MOCAK that aim to enhance the creative image of well-known. We will be showing a few dozen of his sketches of faces. These are from a selection of a few hundred of the poet’s drawings from the collection of the National Library of Poland in Warsaw.

Andy Warhol //Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century// exhibition, private collection, photo: Rafał Sosin73

Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century

15.05.2015 - 30.08.2015
Venue: Level -1

At the exhibition we show the eponymous series that portrays the most prominent 20th-century personalities of Jewish extraction. Amongst them are academics, politicians and figures related to the world of culture such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein and Franz Kafka.

Ben Patterson, //What is Fluxus? This is Fluxus//, object, 2001, MOCAK Collection74

Space: The MOCAK Collection

20.08.2015 - 22.08.2015
Venue: MOCAK Marquee, al. 3 Maja (the Reyman Street tram stop, next to the entrance to the festival area)

Space is the first exhibition of works from the MOCAK Collection and Archive to be presented at Krakow Live Festival. The exhibition, in which we will be presenting some 30 objects, sculptures and installations, is part of the programme Art at the Festival.

Permanent Exhibitions

Leszek Lewandowski, //13 x Cage//, 2008, object, ø 58,7 cm, MOCAK Collection75

Motion as the Stuff of Art (MOCAK Collection)

28.06.2019 - 02.02.2020
Venue: Building A, level -1

At the latest exhibition of the MOCAK Collection, we show selected objects and installations, in which motion plays a particular role. In all these works it functions as the device for instilling meaning and bringing coherence to the message. In this manner, motion has almost become an object. In keeping with Einstein’s theory, energy turns into matter.

Faig Ahmed, //Desintegration//, 2016, object, 213 × 147,5 cm, MOCAK Collection76

Symbolic Design (MOCAK Collection)

28.06.2019 - 02.02.2020
Venue: Building A, level -1

Artists seek opportunities to practise art everywhere they can. They have found them, amongst others, in the field of architecture and design – disciplines traditionally governed by function. The designer’s creative inspiration follows the principle of utility. Contemporary artists employ the relationship between imagination and function in quite a contrary way. With some exceptions, they completely reject the practical function, instead dwelling on its symbolism. Objects appear deceptively practical, yet simultaneously do not yield themselves to practical use. This results in a conceptual play.

MOCAK Collection exhibition, photo: R. Sosin77

Figure and Design (MOCAK Collection)

26.04.2018 - 26.05.2019
Venue: Level -1

The new exhibition of the MOCAK Collection presents sculptures and objects that the Museum has acquired in the last three years.


Józef Robakowski, //Record//, 1972, movie, 6 min, MOCAK Collection78

Thursdays with the Collection

01.01.2018 - 24.06.2021
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.

Etcétera, //B.A.N.G.//, 201479

Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom

16.01.2016 - 22.01.2017
Venue: façade of Building B

Presentation of the initiative by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler,
which has been carried out since 2014. As one of its parts, the
invited artists and activists create designs of banners which show
utopian projects.

Géza Perneczky, „//art//”, 1972, photography, 30,5 × 40,5 cm80

Quotes from the Collection

02.02.2016 - 30.12.2016
Venue: MOCAK Library

Quotes from the Collection is a year-long project at the MOCAK Library that will provide a framework for the presentation and discussion of selected works from the MOCAK Collection. The project will provide an opportunity to get to know works that are not at present part of the Collection exhibition as well as an incentive to analyse the creativity of selected artists in
an unhurried and in-depth way.

External Exhibitions

Małgorzata Markiewicz, from the series //Połączone//, 2018, digital photograph, MOCAK Collection81

The Artist Is Present: MOCAK Collection in Vilnius

02.10.2020 - 04.10.2020
Venue: Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO

The exhibition The Artist Is Present will show photographs and videos in which the images of the artists themselves appear. Presented works focus on different models of femininity, the role of the woman in society, motherhood, family relationships and the issues of the traditional family model.

photo: B. Fritsch, Center for the Persecuted Arts in Solingen82
David Olère

David Olère: Survivor of Crematorium III

30.01.2020 - 21.02.2020
Venue: Bundestag

The exhibition David Olère. Überlebender des Krematorium III (David Olère: Survivor of Crematorium III), organised by the Center for the Persecuted Arts in Solingen and the National Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau inn Auschwitz was organised in collaboration with MOCAK, Yad Vashem, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg and the University in Osnabrück.

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, //Dangerous Bandit//, 1931, photograph, 11,7 × 8,5 cm, courtesy of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane83
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz

An Ingenious Psychoholic

17.09.2019 - 31.10.2019
Venue: Instituto Polacco Roma

The exhibition, curated by Maria Anna Potocka, will present works produced by Witkacy’s famous Portrait Company and series of the artist’s posed self-portraits.

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, //Dangerous Bandit//, 1931, photograph, 11,7 × 8,5 cm, courtesy of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane84
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz

An Ingenious Psychoholic

29.05.2019 - 30.08.2019
Venue: Polnisches Institut Wien

The exhibition, curated by Maria Anna Potocka, will present works produced by Witkacy’s famous Portrait Company and series of the artist’s posed self-portraits.

Herta Müller, untitled, 2017/201885
Herta Müller

Im Heimweh ist ein blauer Saal

11.03.2019 - 09.06.2019
Venue: Center for Persecuted Arts in Art Museum in Solingen

At the exhibition at the Center for Persecuted Arts in Solingen, co-organised by MOCAK, we will show 220 collages by Herta Müller. The presentation accompanies the premiere of the book Im Heimweh ist ein blauer Saal, published by Hanser-Verlag.

Géza Perneczky, from the series //Concepts like commentary//, 1972, photograph, MOCAK Collection86

Artist in the Field of Art: MOCAK Collection in Vilnius

30.05.2019 - 02.06.2019
Venue: Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO

Between 30 May – 2 June 2019 there will take place the jubilee 10th edition of the International Fair of Contemporary ArtVilnius’19. It will be accompanied by a special exhibition programme, as part of which MOCAK – for the fourth time – will be presenting some of its collection.

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, //Dangerous Bandit//, 1931, photograph, 11,7 × 8,5 cm, courtesy of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane87
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz

An Ingenious Psychoholic

22.02.2019 - 29.03.2019
Venue: Polish Institute in Berlin

The exhibition, curated by Maria Anna Potocka, will present works produced by Witkacy’s famous Portrait Company and series of the artist’s posed self-portraits.

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, //Dangerous Bandit//, 1931, photograph, 11,7 × 8,5 cm, courtesy of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane88

Witkacy: The Genius Troublemaker

07.09.2018 - 15.01.2019
Venue: Polish Institute in Düsseldorf

Witkacy started on his creative path as a painter. Painting, however, was to disappoint him. He came to see it as a craft, and so he set up the Portrait Painting Company, and painted some 4 500 portraits, the majority of which perished by fire in Warsaw during the war. The idea behind Witkacy’s company and its rules were a forerunner of conceptualism. He next experimented with image through photography, a medium in which he could see fully his wild, unbridled personality.

Zofia Posmysz, photo: Maria Anna Potocka89

Exhibitions accompanying the Danish premiere of the opera The Passenger in Aarhus

03.08.2018 - 28.08.2018
Venue: Den Jyske Opera, Women’s Museum in Aarhus

As part of the programme accompanying the premiere of the opera The Passenger at the Den Jyske Opera in Aarhus (Denmark), there will be two exhibitions devoted to the life and work of Zofia Posmysz. The exhibitions can be seen from 3 to 28 August in the foyer of the Concert Hall of the Danish National Opera and in the Women’s Museum in Aarhus, curated by Maria Anna Potocka, Director of MOCAK.

Nikita Shalenny, //Where Is Your Brother?//, 2013, photography, MOCAK Collection90

The New History in Art: MOCAK Collection in Vilnius

07.06.2018 - 10.06.2018
Venue: Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO

During 7–10 June the International Contemporary Art Fair ArtVilnius’18 will take place in the capital of Lithuania – the largest such event in the Baltic countries.

The exhibition accompanying the premiere of the opera //The Passenger//, courtesy of Semperoper Dresden91
Zofia Posmysz

The Passenger

18.04.2017 - 09.07.2017
Venue: Semperoper Dresden

The exhibition is accompanying the premiere of the opera The Passenger based on the novel by Zofia Posmysz at the Semperoper Dresden.

Edward Dwurnik, //Drawings for the painting// The Battle of Grunwald 2010, watercolour, pencil, ink / paper 46 × 65 cm each92

MOCAK Collection at the MBWA in Leszno

21.05.2017 - 16.06.2017
Venue: MBWA in Leszno, 5 Leszczyńskich St

The exhibition MOCAK Collection at the MBWA in Leszno is part of a research project that our Museum has been conducting over a number of years, aiming to analyse the social function of art understood not as pleasurable pastime but above all as a means to understand and change the world.

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Second Generation: Graphic Novel by Michel Kichka

30.01.2017 - 02.04.2017
Venue: Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen

The exhibition is part of the programme accompanying the premiere of the opera The Passenger at the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen.

Zofia Posmysz signs the first German edition of //The Passenger// at the Rostock Book Fair in 1969, from Zofia Posmysz’s private archive94

Zofia Posmysz: Auschwitz and Literature

27.01.2017 - 02.04.2017
Venue: Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen

The exhibition is part of the programme accompanying the premiere of the opera The Passenger at the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen.

photo: Joanna Helander95

Ryszard Krynicki. Sehen wir uns noch?

08.03.2017 - 29.03.2017
Venue: Center for Persecuted Arts at the Art Museum in Solingen

To coincide with the publication of Ryszard Krynicki’s collection of poems Sehen wir uns noch? by the German publishing house Hanser, MOCAK in collaboration with the Center for Persecuted Arts in Solingen has prepared an exhibition dedicated to his works.

Zofia Posmysz, photo: Maria Anna Potocka96

Literary Images of the Holocaust: The Passenger by Zofia Posmysz

28.01.2017 - 26.02.2017
Venue: Center for Persecuted Arts in Art Museum in Solingen

The exhibition is part of the programme accompanying the premiere of the opera The Passenger at the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen.

Pola Dwurnik, //Mercy!//, 2008/2009, oil / canvas, MOCAK Collection97

L’arte differente: MOCAK al MAXXI
Exhibition of works from the MOCAK Collection in Rome

07.12.2016 - 22.01.2017
Venue: MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome

This will be the first such large scale and comprehensive presentation of works from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cracow, MOCAK, to be presented in Italy. We will be presenting over 50 works including paintings, photographs, video, installations, and objects.

Jonasz Stern, //Cobalt Composition//, post-1970, collage/canvas, 23 × 57 cm, courtesy of J.J. Grabscy98
Jonasz Stern

Landscape after the Holocaust

05.08.2016 - 25.09.2016
Venue: Center for Persecuted Arts in Art Museum Solingen

Krzysztof Wodiczko, //The Homeless Vehicle//, 1988–1989/2013, object, ArtVilnius'1699

MOCAK Collection in Vilnius

09.06.2016 - 12.06.2016
Venue: Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO

From 9 until 12 June, at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre Litexpo in Vilnius, the 7th edition of the International Contemporary Art Fair ArtVilnius’16 will take place. This is one of the most prominent events of this kind in the Baltic states.

Vardi Kahana, //Auschwitz-Birkenau 2011//, 2011, photograph100

Death Does Not Have the Last Word: The Experience of Auschwitz Today in the Center for Persecuted Arts in the Art Museum Solingen

09.12.2015 - 24.01.2016
Venue: Center for Persecuted Arts in the Art Museum Solingen

From December, in the Center for Persecuted Arts in the Art Museum Solingen it will be possible to view part of the exibition previously presented at MOCAK: Poland – Israel – Germany: The Experience of Auschwitz.