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Krakow's Museum of Modern Art 

Krakow, Poland’s 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, isn’t a sufficient explanation as the city has always been home to the country’s 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. Schindler’s Factory. The architecture was designed by Italy’s Claudio Nardi. 

Krakow, Museum of Contemporary Art

Collections of MOCAK and its exhibitions.

The museum’s 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 world’s 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. 


As most its counterparts worldwide these days, Krakow’s 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 Schindler’s Museum situated next to it. Both operate on the premises of former enamelware factory immortalized in Steven Spielberg’s movie ‘Schindler’s List’. The latter operates in the adapted office building while MOCAK has replaced the workshops. Their site at 4 Lipowa street is surrounded by Krakow’s traditional industrial district, Zablocie, on the right bank of Wisla river. 

inside Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

Opening hours and rates

Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow is open every day except Monday between 11 am and 7 pm. 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 (seven people or more) is 7 zloties per person regular, and 5 zloties per person reduced rate. On Tuesdays admission is free of charge.

Basement exhibition hall, Museum of Contemporary Art. in Krakow

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.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, MOCAK, has its official website at

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

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