Temporary Exhibitions




Eeny, meeny, miny, moe Wizard and Princesses on the Show

Fairy Tales and Children's Games in Old Prints and Drawings

23 January – 18 March 2018

This exhibition features European and Polish prints and drawings created from the second half of the 18th century until the 1930s and is divided into two parts. The first, arranged as a ‘chamber of fables and fairy tales, shows works of art on the themes taken from fairy tales, legends, fables and folk mythology. The second, a ‘chamber of childhood games’, displays prints and drawings referring to the old-fashioned games once played by children, as well as to board games. Both rooms showcase antique objects linked with those subjects. The collection of antique prints and drawings is accompanied by other fascinating exhibits such as two magic lanterns with slides, old children’s books, decorative brooches and napkins embroidered with fairytale motifs, and also antique dolls and toy sewing machines for little girls. The exhibition is accompanied by a 15-minute film assembled from 19th and 20th century slides which once upon a time were shown with the use of magic lanterns. 




Chinese People’s Life in the Time of Late Ming Dynasty
Exhibition of the collection of the Capital Museum of China
12 December 2017 – 11 March 2018

Painting, sacral sculpture, jade objects, porcelain – the top class works from the Capital Museum of China will be presented in Poland for the first time. The exhibition will feature over 100 works, connected with different aspects of the life of people in China in late Ming dynasty, which is the Chinese Renaissance.



Upcoming Exhibitions



Mannerism in Wrocław
27 February – 13 May 2018

The very first monographic exhibition dedicated to Mannerism in Wrocław, a fascinating yet still insufficiently recognized period of art in the capital of Silesia. The years around 1600 and the early 17th century witnessed the great development of the city and the flourishing of its art scene.       

Piotr Oszczanowski, the curator of this exhibition, explains that Wrocław was at that time the place of work of such talented artists as Gerhard Hendrik from Amsterdam, Georg Hayer, Jacob Walther and Johann Twenger, and a whole plethora of excellent local goldsmiths. The most prominent representatives of Mannerism in Wrocław – Bartholomeus Strobel the Younger, David Heidenreich, Caspar Pfister and Fabian Nitsch – were then at the peak of their powers. 
The most valuable works of art showcased in this exhibition (and displayed together for the first time since the last war) will include those originating from The Holy Trinity Church in Żórawina, which were created by the world-famous Mannerists: the painting by Bartholomeus Spranger Baptism of Christ and the sculpture Christ at the Column by Adriaen de Vries. The exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the National Museum in Wrocław.


Seals from the collection of Baron Hugo von Saurma-Jeltsch
6 March – 29 July 2018

The exhibition will present the matrix of a 14th century knight seal and a selection of wax, sealing wax and paper impressions of Silesian seals from the 15th century through the 18th century. It will also feature a 1870 edition of the Wappenbuch der schlesichen Städte und Städtel (The Armory of Silesian Towns and Cities) and Ludwig Clericus’s original drawings of the seals used by Silesian dukes and bishops.