One of PL's most internationally recognised and controversial 20th century painters, Zdzisław Beksiński (1925-2005) is known for his large, almost luminous, and emotionally-charged canvases depicting grotesque figures and apocalyptic landscapes. The themes of war, ruin, decay and deformity are prevalent throughout his work, which has been described as both 'fantastical realism' and 'dystopian surrealism;' we'd call it something of a cross between H.R. Giger and Francis Bacon. One of the most worthwhile things to see in Nowa Huta, this stunning collection of 50 paintings in the Nowa Huta Cultural Centre features some of his most definitive work, perfectly presented in a dark room on black walls, where the only light is directly on the art itself. If you find yourself completely fascinated by Beksiński, his life and family are the subject of the excellent 2016 Polish film Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family).
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Open 11:00-19:00. Sun 12:00-19:00, Closed Mon.
Price/Additional InfoAdmission 10/8zł; joint ticket with Duda-Gracz Gallery 15/12zł.
Jerzy Duda-Gracz Gallery
Al. Jana Pawła II 232