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An Artist for Independent Poland: Dunikowski and the Wawel Restoration

Temporary exhibition: November 13, 2018–February 10, 2019
The exhibition presents the story of the sculpture series the "Wawel Heads" by Xawery Dunikowski (1875–1964) within the broader context of the restoration of Wawel Castle. Headed by Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz, the restoration was closely tied to the Poland’s reemergence as an independent country in 1918. In 1920, Wawel was named one of the “prestigious buildings of the Republic of Poland” and slated for the use of the head of state.

In 1925, Dunikowski was commissioned to create "Heads" for the Envoys Hall, which was then undergoing restoration, since of the original 16th-century set of carved wooden heads that once adorned the ceiling, only thirty survived. Although the commission was cancelled in 1928, the sculptures that the artist had already completed became an intrinsic part of the history of the restoration of the castle and the Envoys Hall.

The exhibition is part of the celebrations marking the 100th Anniversary of the Restoration of Poland’s Independence.

Exhibition dates:
November 13, 2018–February 10, 2019
  • Tuesday –Friday 9:30 am–4 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday 10 am–4 pm
    last entry 3 pm
Closed: Mondays; December 24 & 25, 2018; January 1, 2019

admission 5 PLN, tickets issued till 2:45 at the ticket window

free admission (ticket must be collected from the ticket office):
  • with admission to the “State Rooms”
  • November 13-30, 2018
  • Sundays: December 1, 2018–February 10, 2019

Please note: on May 7, 2017 the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine" at  Wawel Royal Castle ended.

The painting will be displayed in the Main Building of the National Museum in Krakow from May 19, 2017.

see Museum website for details