Polish artists in the Bunkier Sztuki Collection


Currently, the Bunkier Sztuki Collection is comprised of 400 works by dozens of Polish and foreign artists.

The history of the Collection dates back to the opening of the Gallery in the mid-1960s. As a member institution within the network of Bureaus of Art Exhibitions, the Gallery was funded by the Krakow City Council’s Department of Culture and National Heritage to purchase works by Krakow artists. In 1993, most of the collected artworks were auctioned off to cover the operating costs at hand. In addition to that, a freeze on all further purchasing was imposed for the next few years. The process of rebuilding the Collection kicked off at the beginning of the 21st century. The vast majority of newly acquired works have also come from artists who are in some way or other connected with Krakow. Many of these works have been exhibited at the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery. In 2012, the ministerial program “Regional collections of contemporary art” was put into action; since then, the Gallery has bought several dozen artworks as part of this program.

The largest showcase of the Bunkier Collection to date took place in 2007 as part of the Wreszcie nowa! Małopolskie kolekcje sztuki nowoczesnej [New at last! Lesser Poland collections of modern art] exhibition in the Krakow Cloth Hall. Somewhere about a hundred artworks were presented at that exhibition. The objective of the current exhibition is to, first and foremost, raise awareness of the Collection and demonstrate the diversity of media and subjects it embodies. The exhibition covers a time span from the 1960s to the present.