MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
MOCAK is the first and largest such museum to have been purpose-built in Poland since the war; it is located in Krakow’s formerly industrial and continually revitalised district of Zabłocie. During the five years of its activity, MOCAK has become the most prominent centre of contemporary art in Krakow and gained world acclaim. More than 120 000 visitors come through its doors every year.
The Museum was built on the site of the former factory of Oskar Schindler and was designed by the Italian architect Claudio
Nardi. His design drew on the existing architectural context, adapting some of the former factory halls and adding a new
building in a neo-modernist style. The characteristic industrial sawtooth roof covering the former factory buildings is the dominant visual element of the design
The MOCAK programme offers a wealth of educational elements: diverse projects, workshops and meet-the-artist events enable children and young people as well as adults to experience art in a personal way and discover its manifold aspects. Most importantly, the institution is governed by the principle of being open to all social groups. Special attention and individual programme of activities has been available for those in excluded social groups, such as prisoners or individuals with mental problems.
Today, the MOCAK Collection comprises 4 557 works of 235 artists from 32 countries, and approximately half of these are by Polish artists, including Tomasz Ciecierski, Stanisław Dróżdż, Robert Kuśmirowski, Marcin Maciejowski and Wilhelm Sasnal, providing audiences an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the art of the country. In the Collection there can also be found works by Krištof Kintera, Sarah Lucas, Julian Opie and Ai Weiwei. The exhibition changes once a year; it is organised to reflect the themes covered or media used by the artists, also taking into account works that are relevant for the temporary exhibitions. The MOCAK Collection is enhanced by the MOCAK Archive, which comprises materials related to Marian Eile, Władysław Hasior, the Krzysztofory Gallery, Mieczysław Porębski, the second Krakow Group, Mikołaj Smoczyński, and an archive of the Museum’s own activities.
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