Temporary exhibitions



In facie Ecclesiae. An altar panel depicting the Marriage of the Virgin and the figure of St. Catherine of Alexandria - from the collection of The National Museum in Wrocław
17 January – 30 April 2017

The first presentation of this captivating and intriguing gothic altarpiece acquired by the National Museum in Wrocław in 1989. Painted on both sides of the panel, the work pictures the scene of the Marriage of the Virgin Mary and a part of the figure of St Catherine of Alexandria (verso). It dates back to around 1460 in one of the Rheinland workshops, but there's no information about the place for which it has been made, where it's been functioning and how it became a part of the collection of Władysław Miodoński in Cracow. Before the presentation on the exhibition, the altarpiece was conservated and examined with methods such as fluorescent and infrared analysis, and x-ray spectrometry. The exhibition will also feature original 15th century pieces of textiles and clothing.


Nature morte. Jewellery
19 February – 13 April 2017

A display accompanying the exhibition „Nature morte. Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition” in the Four Domes Pavilion

The display aims at showing, on the one hand, that jewellery can be considered to be an artistic genre itself, and on the other hand that still-life motives are not typical for this medium. Some of the presented works are literally jewellery and still-life combinations, others may be associated with still-life through similarities and analogies. The exhibition will feature over 80 works by artists from all over the world, including several representatives of the recently founded Departement of Jewellery at the Faculty of Interior Architecture and Design at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław.

Seals from the collection of Friedrich August Vossberg
13 March – 28 May 2017




Upcoming exhibitions in 2017


For prestige and commemoration. Silesian Guild Chests
3 April – 25 June 2017


WRO Media Art Biennale
17 May – 25 June 2017


Illustrations by Ewa Kozyra-Pawlak and Paweł Pawlak
1 June – 27 August 2017


The Treasury. Goldsmithery and silversmithery of Wrocław Archcathedral
12 June – 24 September 2017

The first most comprehensive exhibition of priceless ecclesiastic objects from the Wrocław Cathedral. The treasury of this temple houses one of the most remarkable collections of ecclesiastic goldsmithery and silversmithery in this part of Europe. At the same time the collection is one of the least examined ones and therefore breaks new ground in the scientific examination of the history of artisan crafts in Wrocław. Fortunately, the collection survived the difficult time of war and at the end of this period it was augmented with precious objects evacuated from numerous churches on Wrocław Cathedral Island. It was the beginning of the invaluable vasa sacra collection, featuring the most significant gold and silver artisan objects from the Gothic period up to the 20th century modernism and the newest examples from the second half of the 20th century.


Mathematical instruments from the collection of The National Museum in Wrocław
12 June – 13 August 2017


Italian Prints from the collection of The National Museum in Wrocław
16 October – 3 December 2017


The Era of the Cranachs
30 October – 31 December 2017

The exhibition presents the paintings of the Reformation period from Wrocław and Silesia and commemorates the 500th anniversary of publishing of the Ninety-five Theses by Martin Luther in Wittenberg. The art of Lucas Cranach, his circle and their influence in Silesia will constitute the key to this exhibition. The presentation will also feature drawings and prints from the collection of the National Museum in Wrocław, the Library of the University of Wrocław and the paintings from Archdiocesan Museum. The exhibition also aims at showing the archives documenting the works which belonged to Wrocław museum collections in the past and now considered lost or non-preserved.


Occident et Orient. Decorative Arts from East and West - from the collection of The National Museum in Wrocław [permanent exhibition]
opening: 27 November 2017

The museum attic will become a permanent exhibition venue for the remarkable collection of decorative arts from the collection of the National Museum in Wrocław. Visitors will be able to admire European decorative arts, the art of the East and contemporary ceramics and glass.


I. Decorative arts
The collection of decorative arts is one of most numerous in the National Museum in Wrocław and comprises over 53 thousand objects, dating back from the Antiquity up to contemporary times. In chronological order, the exhibition will feature the works of glassworkers and ceramic-workers, weavers, carpenters, boilermakers, goldsmiths, watchmakers and many more. It will be an opportunity to admire not only the art of the old masters, but also to get to know the history of many objects, such as: melee weapon and firearm, irons, glassware, mathematical and metrological instruments.


II. Decorative Arts from the Middle- and Far East
The collection of the art of the East in the National Museum in Wrocław is one of the biggest and most diversified in Poland, and its history reaches back to the second half of the 19th century. The collection features beautiful and valuable objects, unique on both local and global scale. The exhibition will present 300 works, featuring decorative arts, painting, sculpture, prints and calligraphy. It will consist of three main parts: Chinese Art, Japanese Art, Art of Middle-East.


III. Ceramics and glass of 20th and 21st century
The National Museum in Wrocław has a spectacular and unique collection of ceramics and glass - both artistic pieces and utensils – made after 1945. The beginnings of the collection date back to the 50s of the 20th century and are considerably connected with the activity of the State Higher School of Visual Arts in Wrocław, which soon became the only academic school in Poland having two specialties: ceramics and artistic glasswork. The exhibition will feature works by Henryk Albin Tomaszewski, Zbigniew Horbowy, Julia Kotarbińska, Krystyna Cybińska. The museum collection also comprises examples of great acheivements of Polish design, such as porcelain from the 50s/60s period the of 20th century with designs prepared for Polish ceramics manufactories in Ćmielów, Chodzież, Wałbrzych, ceramics of Bolesławiec and glass for everyday use made in Lower-Silesian glassworks.