Temporary exhibitions



The Treasury. Gold- and silversmithery of Wrocław Archcathedral

13 June – 24 September

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.



Upcoming exhibitions in 2017

The Treasure of Środa Śląska
3 October – 30 December 2017

One of the most precious treasures found in Europe in 20th c. will be presented in the National Museum in Wrocław for the last 3 months of the year. Visitors will be able to admire an exceptional 14-th c. crown, amazing signet rings, golden coins and many other top class objects. The crown - the most precious part of the Treasure of Środa Śląska - is a female decorative gem, comissioned for a wedding ceremony, as it holds symbols of matrimony - golden rings. Probably the last owner of the crown was Blanche de Valois, the first wife of Charles IV of Luxembourg. The crown was made in 14th c. and is the only preserved crown of this type and an exceptional example of medieval goldsmithery.


Acquisitions 2017 
3 – 29 October 2017

A presentation of works acquired by the National Museum in Wrocław in 2017 with financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (Collection of Buddhist Sculpture, Collection of Glass & Ceramics). 



Invention and Imitation. Old Italian Prints from the Collection of the National Museum in Wrocław
17 October – 17 December 2017

A display of a rich collection of Italian prints from 16th to 19th c. will be an occasion to explore the numerous themes, techniques and masterpieces. The presented works will include prints by acknowledged artists from Bologna (Giulio Bonasone and Agostino Carracci), the masters of 17th c. acquaforte (Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Stefano della Bella, Pietro Testa, Salvatore Rosa), great landscape artists (Marco Ricci, Bernardo BelottoCanaletto, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Giuseppe Vasi) and many more.


The Fashion for Cranach
31 October – 30 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.