The modernization of the Bunkier Sztuki building will begin this year. During the renovation, the exhibition, educational and publishing activities of the Gallery will be carried out at the Potocki Palace at Rynek Główny 20.


The Gallery welcomes everyone to the Potocki Palace holding comprehensive exhibitions from the rarely seen Bunkier Sztuki Collection and individual exhibitions of Kraków-related artists. The first to be seen in the heritage cellars under the Potocki Palace is the showcase of Bartek Materka – painter, photographer, graphic designer. Materka’s work focuses mostly on the everyday and the surrounding world. The reality depicted in the paintings is distorted, quivering, mystifying. The exhibition will present the author’s new paintings, the results of his latest pictorial experimentation on the essence of picturing an anonymous throng.

The shows will be accompanied by guided tours, pamphlets and educational events. The Gallery programme for the years to come is set to combine contemporary art with literature and history, while not forgetting the events, problems and personages that have left their mark on Kraków.

A large part of the Bunkier Sztuki programme will take the form of educational activities aimed to bring contemporary art closer to non-professional audience. Workshops and meets will also be available online on the new city VOD platform – Play Kraków.

By moving to its substitute premises, the Gallery will be able to remain active on an ongoing basis, continuously making its cultural offer available to Kraków residents.

As the Potocki Palace becomes accessible to Kraków residents, they will have the chance to learn more about its historic interior, whose history dates back to the 16th century. Other institutions housed in the Palace will be the Krakow Festival Office and Wisława Szymborska Foundation. The project to set up a new cultural centre in the Old Town as part of the city action “Resilient Culture” has been initiated by the City of Kraków and Mayor Jacek Majchrowski.


The artistic bookshop MOCAK Bookstore BUNKIER is scheduled to hit the ground running to continue the cooperation between the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery and the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków.

Along with the bookshop opening, Bunkier plans to publish two large monographs dedicated to artists whose exhibitions could have been seen in the Gallery in the months past. These will be the books devoted to painter and sculptor Piotr Lutyński and to one of the conceptual art luminaries in Poland – Adam Rzepecki. Subsequently, Kamil Kukla’s exhibition catalogue will be offered for sale. Later on, a publication devoted to Stanisław Pyjas is planned, with a range of texts by people who were directly linked to him.

In no small part, the bookshop’s offer will be the literature that complements knowledge on problems presented in the exhibitions; monograph publications that let readers learn more about the artists will also be available. Bookshop sections will include art criticism, philosophy and essay, architecture writing, graphic design publications, performative art texts, literature, comic novels, press and children’s books. Last but not least, MOCAK Bookstore BUNKIER is going to offer unique artistic items produced in collaboration with artists who have ties to the Gallery and Museum.


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