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Krakow's Museum of Modern Art 

Krakow, Polandís capital of culture, lacked a museum of modern art till the second decade of the 21st century. Presumed conservatism of the place, best known for its historical monuments, isnít a sufficient explanation as the city has always been home to the countryís leading avant-garde artists and movements as well. Anyway, this glaring defect was remedied in May 2011 with the launching of MOCAK (Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow), a brand-new concrete and glass complex of minimalist pavilions on the former grounds of Emalia plant a.k.a. Schindlerís Factory. The architecture was designed by Italyís Claudio Nardi. 

Krakow, Museum of Contemporary Art

Collections of MOCAK and its exhibitions.

The museumís own collection is still embryonic. It consists of miscellaneous works by Polish and foreign artists that date from the late 20th century through recent times. The worldís greatest names may be missing from the permanent exhibition but it gives a glimpse into the trends cherished by art critics over the last thirty years, notably in Poland. Featured artists include Tomasz Bajer, Tymek Borowski, Edward Dwurnik, Leopold Kessler, Kristof Kintera, Ragnar Kjartansson, Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Robert Kusmirowski, Lars Laumann, Norman Leto, Piotr Lutynski, Malgorzata Markiewicz, Bartek Materka, Maria Michalowska, Jozef Robakowski, Maria Stangret, Beat Streuli, Pawel Susid, Marian Warzecha, and Krzysztof Wodiczko. 

inside Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

Basement exhibition hall, Museum of Contemporary Art. in Krakow

As most its counterparts worldwide these days, Krakowís Museum of Contemporary Art concentrates on temporary shows in the first place. Its curators seem to favor photography, video, and installations, preferably executed with a conceptual angle and carrying an inherent political and/or social statement.

Location of the modern art museum in Krakow.

MOCAK shares its address with popular Oskar Schindlerís Museum situated next to it. Both operate on the premises of former enamelware factory immortalized in Steven Spielbergís movie ĎSchindlerís Listí. The latter operates in the adapted office building while MOCAK has replaced the workshops. Their site at 4 Lipowa street is surrounded by Krakowís traditional industrial district, Zablocie, on the right bank of Wisla river. 

Buildings of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow and Schindlerís Factory

Opening hours and rates

Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow is open every day except Monday between noon and 8 p.m. Yet it may close for some major holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

A full-price ticket costs 10 zloties. Reduced rate is 5 zloties. Family ticket for five or less costs 20 zloties. The price of group admission is 100 zloties regular and 50 zloties reduced rate.

Contact information for the Krakow museum of modern art.

The Polish name of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow is Muzeum Sztuki Wspolczesnej w Krakowie but it officially uses the English acronym MOCAK. So its full postal address is as follows: Muzeum Sztuki Wspolczesnej w Krakowie MOCAK, ul. Lipowa 4, 30-702 Krakow.


Phone (+48) 122634000. Fax (+48) 122571034. Email  

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