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Palace of Art in Krakow

Krakow's Arts Palace 

The Palace of Arts (Polish 'Palac Sztuki') at 4 Plac Szczepanski square was erected in the Old Town historic district, next to Planty gardens, in 1901 for the Society of Fine Arts Friends (Stowarzyszenie Przyjaciol Sztuk Pieknych in Polish), a Krakow association since 1854. It was the city’s first Art Nouveau building, albeit inspired by ancient Greek grand temples. The relief round its outside walls was designed by famed symbolist painter Jacek Malczewski and represents the ups and downs of creative process. Apollo’s huge radiant head tops the front of the building above the monumental entrance. Sculpture busts in the niches of side walls immortalize noted Krakow artists of the turn of the 20th century. 

The Palace of Arts has remained one of the most prestigious exhibition venues in the city. Once mostly works of established value can be seen here yet nowadays purely commercial events also happen. The latest art is showed just across a narrow street where a modern exhibition hall, called the Bunker of Arts, was built in 1965. 

Contact info for the Palace of Art in Krakow

Postal address: Stowarzyszenie Przyjaciol Sztuk Pieknych, Plac Szczepanski 4, 31-011 Krakow, Poland. Phone (+48) 124261107, fax (+48) 124231255.   


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