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The genesis of the “Gardens” exhibition lies in the educational activities of the Zachęta, which opens art to people whose contact with it may be restricted, either for social reasons or those of, for example, eyesight or hearing. It was born on an impulse, thinking about how art can influence the viewer. This exhibition has been put together for all art lovers willing to abandon traditional ways of seeing. Come inside, close your eyes and open your ears...

15.08 - 04.10

The Wild West. A history of Wrocław’s Avant-Garde

The exhibition presents works of art, films, documentary photographs, objets d’art, and recordings – nearly 500 works of visual arts, architecture, urbanism, theatre, film, design, and everyday life of Wrocław since the 1960s until the present.

19.06 - 13.09


We would like to invite you for the opening of the exhibition on Friday, 3 July at 7 pm. During the opening OLIVIER HEIM will play a special concert.

This summer group exhibition in the Zachęta Project Room presents a multifarious exploration of the concept of the exotic. It is realised both for summertime tourists and for Warsaw inhabitants, who - like the noble Des Esseintes in Joris-Karl Husyman's book Against Nature – prefer to visit the exotic corners of the world mentally, without leaving their own armchair/city.

04.07 - 30.08

Competition for the curatorial project for an exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2016

The Minister of Culture and National Heritage and Zachęta – National Gallery of Art announce a competition for the curatorial project for the exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2016, whose Curatorial Director is Alejandro Aravena. A part of the project is the defining of an original theme of the exhibition, along with its justification. The project should take into account issues relevant to the contemporary situation of architecture, in both its local (Polish) and global dimensions.

Halka/Haiti 18°48’05”N 72°23’01”W
C.T. Jasper & Joanna Malinowska

The Polish Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia

The Polish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale will have the pleasure of presenting a panoramic film projection of the opera Halka by Stanisław Moniuszko, as it was staged in February for the inhabitants of Cazale, a village situated in the mountains of Haiti.

The winners of this year’s contest for the official Polish representation in Venice, artists C.T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska and curator Magdalena Moskalewicz, decided to stage the opera in Haiti inspired by the mad plan of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, who wanted to build an opera house in the Amazon. Fascinated by Fitzcarraldo’s faith in the universal power of opera, but not uncritical of the colonizing aspect of his actions, they decided to reveal and undercut its romanticism by confronting a set of very specific geographic, historical, and sociopolitical realities.


09.05 - 22.11