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First Step... Towards a Collection of Western Contemporary Art

30 May 2008  -  31 December 2009

National Museum in Cracow – Main Building,1 3 Maja 1 Av.

Deposit from private collection

Nobuyoshi Araki, Miquel Barceló, Francesco Clemente, Eric Fischl, Mike Kelley, David LaChapelle, Sherrie Levine, Andreas Slominski, Philip Taaffe, Andy Warhol

Honorary Patronage
Minister of Culture and National Heritage
Bogdan Zdrojewski

The National Museum in Cracow is about to receive an exceptional exhibit on loan from Jablonka Galerie in Cologne. One of the most interesting private collections of modern art will be put on an annual display in the Main Building of the Museum. Beginning from June 2008 the Polish public will have an opportunity to find out more about the works of the most distinguished European and American artists of the past two decades.


“The development of a long-term co-operation to enable a day-to-day contact with the works of such artists such as Warhol, Clemente, Fischl, LaChapelle, is meant to popularize knowledge of contemporary art, help the public uderstand it and   promote its reception,” – said Zofia Gołubiew, director of the National Museum in Cracow. “We believe that this exhibition will positively influence the process of cultural education of the Polish society and provide a broader context for the works on display at the Gallery of 20th-Century Polish Art.


Rafael Jablonka, the owner of the collection, is one of the leading European collectors of contemporary art. His gallery, established in 1988,  is an important place on the artistic map of Germany.


Jablonka Galerie has hosted exhibitions by many internationally acclaimed artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Nobuyoshi Araki, Sherrie Levine, David LaChapelle, Andreas Slominski, Mike Kelly, Richard Prince, Alex Katz, Eric Fischl, David Salle. These artists are mainly associated with American pop art*, appropriation art** and the Italian transavantgarde***.


* A visual art movement that emerged in Britain and the United States in the1960s and 70s. Pop artists drew inspiration from popular mass culture, entering into a direct dialogue with it.  The central figure of pop art was Andy Warhol.

** A trend in contemporary art involving the use of borrowed art and non-art elements in the creation of new work. This term mainly refers to American artists of the 1970s such as Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, Philip Taaffe and Cindy Sherman who often quoted entire works of other artists in their own work.

*** Neo-expressionism of the late 1980s and 1990s. The term transavantgarde, literally meaning “beyond the avant-garde”, initially referred to a group of Italian expressionistic painters whose work was inspired by literature and cultural themes and who often ignored artistic consistency and deliberately used pastiche. The principal transavantgarde artists were Mimmo Paladino, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi.




adults PLN 16, concessions PLN 8, family tickets (max 5 person, 2 adults + 3 children) PLN 32, groups (min. 15 person) PLN 13, groups concessions (min. 15 person) PLN 6.


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Media Patrons:

Polska Agencja Prasowa, TVP Kultura, TVP Kraków, Polskie Radio, Trójka Polskie Radio, Radio Kraków, AMS, Gazeta Wyborcza, Wprost, Tygodnik Powszechny, Art&Business,, Zabytki Heritage, Arteon, Polish Market, Magiczny Kraków,


Andy Warhol Albert Einstein z cyklu Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century 1980, © 2007 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; kolekcja prywatna
Miquel Barceló Des Meduses 2000, © Miquel Barceló / ADAGP, Paris; kolekcja prywatna
Nobuyoshi Araki Sentimental Journey 1971 – 1990, © Nobuyoshi Araki; kolekcja prywatna
David LaChapelle Cathedral 2006, © David LaChapelle; kolekcja prywatna
Eric Fischl Living Room. Scene #4. 2002 © Eric Fischl; kolekcja prywatna
Mike Kelley Bottle 2007, © Mike Kelley; kolekcja prywatna
Francesco Clemente z cyklu Pastels from the Terreiro 2007, © Francesco Clemente; kolekcja prywatna
Sherrie Levine, Black Newborn, 1994 © Sherrie Levine
Andreas Slominski, Samochód dostawczy dla myszy, 2001 © Andreas Slominski
Philip Taaffe, Cape Sinope, 2006-2007 © Philip Taaffe
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