Art Hunting in Krakow
Near the end of the 1500s, Krakow gave up its official title as capital of Poland. However, most will agree that with its festive atmosphere, its trendy locals, jazz clubs and art galleries, Krakow undoubtedly remains the cultural capital of the country. For lovers of art, music, fashion and food – Krakow has it all.
Museum of Contemporary Art
For the culture hunters amongst you, Mocak is a good place to start your investigation. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow is located in Podgorze, across the Wisla river. With wide, open spaces and pieces promoting both local and international artists, it’s a place worth spending a few hours. Free on Tuesdays, entry costs a mere 10 PLN on other days and is open from Tuesday through to Sunday until early evening.
National Museum & Poster Gallery
To gain insight into Krakow’s history, make you spend an afternoon checking out the National Museum. With various locations around Krakow all focused on different periods of Polish history, the museum is a never-ending source of knowledge. It counts amongst its exhibits a priceless collection depicting Poland’s cultural journey.
If you are looking for something a bit quirky, the Poster Gallery Cracow might interest you. As his name states, the overcrowded shop specializes in vintage Polish posters depicting advertisements for films, theater or musical events. The collection includes thousands of pieces from hundreds of artists. It can be found on Stolarska Street in the historical center.
The art cafes of Krakow
If museums and formal galleries are not quite what you’re after, know that a lot of Krakow’s cafes and bars also act as galleries. This means going out for coffee or drink can be combined with a little art spotting.
Temporary exhibitions of debuting artists are hung on the wall for you to admire and if you see something you like, feel free to make an offer. Some of the best places include Pauza Art Gallery on Szewska Street and Dym Bar on Tomasza Street both in the historical center. With their dim, candlelit interior, these places have everything of an artist’s hideout. You should also visit Mostowa Art Café in Kazimierz where you can enjoy artwork while savoring microbrews.
As a last piece of advice to you, keep your eyes open while touring the streets as some amazing street art can be found if you take the time to look around. Make sure to ask your guide to point them out. Happy hunting!
Images by Stefanie Auger-Roy for Absolute Tours