‘Lost’ work by Poland's Wyspiański to be showcased in Kraków
PR dla Zagranicy
The National Museum in the southern Polish city of Kraków is to showcase two newly acquired paintings by Stanisław Wyspiański, one of the country's greatest artists.
The headquarters of the National Museum in Kraków. Photo: wikicommons/Andrzej Otrębski
"Self-portrait" from 1897 and "Portrait of Doctor Jan Raczyński" from 1904 will be put on show in an exhibition from January 15 entitled Wyspiański. Unknown.
The paintings were acquired last week thanks to a subsidy from Poland's Culture Ministry.
Speaking about "Self-portrait", the head of the National Museum in Kraków, Andrzej Betlej, said that "for 110 years no one had the opportunity to see the actual painting," as only a photograph of the work was publicly available, and the whereabouts of the canvas remained unknown.
"It turned out [the painting] was owned by the descendants of the family that bought it when Wyspiański was still alive," Betlej added.
Wyspiański, one of Poland's most famous playwrights, painters and designers, was born in 1869 in Kraków. He died in the same city at the age of 38.