Welcome to my mini Warsaw series, which was first created for the MRG newsletter prior to the media conference in the capital of Poland in November 2016.
This time I'm going to focus on those who love art and culture. If you enjoy history and sight-seeing, please read my previous post.
Zacheta Art Gallery
The Zachęta Gallery is one of my favourites in Warsaw. The collection consists of thousands of items including: paintings, sculptures, installations, videos etc. Great place for those who admire the 20th-century and contemporary artists. Expect to see there the art by Tadeusz Kantor, Mirosław Bałka, Katarzyna Kozyra and Zbigniew Libera (Tate Modern lot). There is a particularly wide representation of graphic artists.
Top tip: free entry every Thursday.
The Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle
If you, like me, love contemporary art, you can't miss this place. Think visual art, theatre, art cinema, creative workshops. Prepared to be surprised and even shocked. It’s a beautiful building in itself, so it’s worth a visit.
Top tip: if you are hungry, pop in to Qchnia Artystyczna (Artistic kitchen) run by Marta Gessler (one of our celebrity chefs).
Situated in one of the most beautiful palaces in Warsaw, Wilanów, the Poster Museum is the oldest institution of that kind in the world. At present the museum collection contains thousands of Polish and foreign posters. If you are into graphic design, it’s worth a 30mins journey from the centre of Warsaw.
Top tip: don’t miss the actual baroque palace and its stupendous gardens.
National Museum in Warsaw
For those with a slightly more classic art taste, The National Museum should be next. Under a new art management, The Museum has been revamped and restored to meet the expectations and needs of modern tourists. The modernist building hosts an array of Polish art from the medieval times as well as slightly more recent works of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Until the 7th of May, you can view an excellent exhibition of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks prints from the Edo Period (1600-1858); think Hokusai.
Top tip: stop for a coffee in the courtyard to soak up the sun if it's there.
The Chopin’s Museum
And last, but not least, The Museum dedicated to the Polish composer and virtuoso Fryderyk Chopin. A range of the special effects will immerse every visitor in Chopin’s music and is likely to stimulate all the senses. Even if you are not into classical music, you will enjoy this interactive journey through the artist’s life.
Top tip: allow at least two hours for your visit.
Photography: Monika Pick.