Karol Klosowski, At Bobbin Lacemaking (Legend), undated. Private collection. By descent from the artist

Young Poland

An Arts and Crafts Movement

Coming soon

9 October 2021 to 30 January 2022

  • Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Free admission (suggested donation £5). Please book in advance to guarantee entry and to save time.

The first exhibition anywhere outside of Poland to explore the arts and crafts of Młoda Polska or Young Poland, a movement that flourished between 1890 and 1918

Following the critically acclaimed book Young Poland: The Polish Arts & Crafts Movement, 1890-1918, this landmark exhibition brings together over 150 artworks from national and private collections across Poland, most of which have never travelled outside the country before. Objects range from paintings, drawings and archival photographs, through examples of furniture, embroidered textiles, lace, kilims, fashion, woodcarvings, tableware, stained glass, paper cuttings and Christmas-tree decorations, to the material culture of the Highlander communities that exerted such a profound influence on the Young Poland artists.

Artists include Józef Czajkowski, Wojciech Jastrzebowski, Karol Kłosowski, Jozefa Kogut, Bonawentura Lenart, Jacek Malczewski, Józef Mehoffer, Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, Jan Rembowski, Henryk Uziembło, Stanislaw Witkiewicz, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy) and Stanisław Wyspiański.

Curated by Julia Griffin, Andrzej Szczerski and Roisin Inglesby in partnership with the National Museum in Kraków.

The exhibition is part of a wider collaborative project led by the William Morris Gallery and National Museum in Kraków delivered in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute, London (PCI), and in association with leading arts and design publisher Lund Humphries. It is co-financed by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage within the framework of the Inspiring Culture Programme.