Guided tour in English

  • Two people looking at Aleksandra Waliszewska\'s paintings in the exhibition space

    Fot. Ania Szałas

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites you to a guided tour of the exhibition "The Dark Arts: Aleksandra Waliszewska and Symbolism from the East and North" in English.

 "The Dark Arts" is the first such extensive display of Aleksandra Waliszewska’s works. Her prolific oeuvre is shown alongside historical works of Polish, Czech, Ukrainian and Baltic symbolists. The exhibition allows us to view Waliszewska’s mythological tropes, apocalyptic scenarios, and charged landscapes in a broader perspective: the forests and swamps, lost highways, and gloomy housing estates.

Situating herself outside of the discursive field of contemporary art, she creates bold, atmospheric paintings that have attracted a diverse following that extends beyond traditional art audiences to underground and pop cultural spheres. From her studio in Warsaw, Waliszewska connects to a vast international audience who are beguiled by the narratives contained with her figurative art. Thanks to this large digital footprint, her work has “crossed over” into pop culture, finding its way onto album covers—musicians have sought her work out precisely because it offers an improbable lure into another world ???? The enchanting anachronism of Waliszewska’s visual universe that has made her a cult hero, giving her work a popular reach that transcends the elite high cultural references from which she has drawn her inspiration.

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Tours conducted by Katarzyna Benda from the MSN Visitor Services team.

Entrance fee: 15 zł