Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz – Witkacy

The Poland’s biggest collection of works by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz – Witkacy, who was one of the most interesting Polish artists of the first half of the 20th century, consist today of over 260 paintings and a great amount of archival materials (photos, letters, first prints of his books and texts etc.). The beginnings of the collection date back to 1965, when the Museum bought first 110 portraits.

The permanent exhibition Witkacy. Paintings – Drawings – Prints + Archival Material (situated on the second floor of The White Granary) is the third presentation of the collection, which previously (until 2018) was shown in The Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle. The permanent exhibition presents 137 paintings, drawings, and prints by the artist and the temporary exhibition Witkacy otherwise… (on the first floor of The White Granary) – 105 works.

The permanent exhibition shows the stages of Witkiewicz’s life and career: Zakopane, first journeys and experiences, his stay in Russia, being a part of ‘the Formists’ group, his concept of the ‘Pure Form’, year 1924 and period of ‘The S. I. Witkiewicz Portrait Company’, moreover it gives information about earlier, private collections, from which most of the works from today’s collection of the Museum derive.