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Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

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Zachęta — National Gallery of Art is a place that combines modernity with history. We are the oldest gallery to display contemporary art in Warsaw, dating back to 1860. Zachęta’s mission is to popularize and promote contemporary art. We display solo, group and thematic exhibitions that present the audience with the latest phenomena of note both in Polish and international art. The gallery organizes only temporary exhibitions, however, it does own a permanent collection, including works by such iconic twentieth century Polish artists as Tadeusz Kantor, Henryk Stażewski and Alina Szapocznikow, as well as world renowned Polish contemporary artists, such as Mirosław Bałka, Katarzyna Kozyra, Zbigniew Libera, Wilhelm Sasnal and Krzysztof Wodiczko. Zachęta also holds the largest archive of Polish artists active post 1945. In addition to organizing exhibitions and having an extensive educational programme, since 2011 the gallery runs a project entitled ‘Open Zachęta’ where it publishes its resources online under Creative Commons’ licenses.
We also have a second exhibition space — Zachęta Project Room, located at Gałczyński Street 3.