Palace of Fine Arts
Pl. Szczepański 4
Our Rating Neighborhood Old Town Hours Mon–Fri 8:15am–6pm; Sat–Sun 10am–6pm Transportation All trams to Old Town Phone 012/426-11-07 Web site Palace of Fine Arts
This building, the first example of Art Nouveau in Krakow, was created in Secessionist style in 1901 and today belongs to the Friends of the Fine Arts organization. Busts of 19th-century Polish artists adorn Franciszek M ą Czyński’s imaginative facade, designed to represent the Doubt, Pain, and Despair, through which every artist must travel. The tributes harken back to a time in the late 1800s when the city was awash with famous artists—Jan Matejko,Stanisƚaw Wyspiański, and so on. Exhibitions here tend to be more staid than the more cutting-edge shows at the Art Bunker nearby—but the building is well worth a look.
MapPl. Szczepański 4 Krakow
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