Warsaw

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art

  ul. Jazdów 2 ,   No District          (+48) 22 628 12 71     30 May 2019

A castle of some description has been on found on this site since the time of the Masovian Dukes (1300s), but the Ujazdowski Castle we see today was completed in a Baroque style in 1730 for Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski (it was his bathhouse that later became the Palace on the Island and gave Łazienki park its name). Ujazdowski survived two centuries before being gutted by fire during WWII, and was indeed lucky to escape total destruction: the retreating Nazis actually tried to blow it to pieces, as they did a number of Łazienki’s finest buildings. But - as is so often the case - what the Nazis couldn’t do the communists could, and though the original walls and foundations remained structurally sound in the 1950s Poland’s communist authorities decided to tear down the shell of the building and place a military theatre on the site. Common sense prevailed however, and the 1970s saw Ujazdowski rebuilt to its original plans. It today plays host to several large exhibition halls dedicated to showcasing rotating exhibitions of the very best contemporary art inside; find a wild mix of the good, the bad and the ugly, featuring the work of Poland’s leading contemporary artists here. Worthy and undoubtedly necessary, the gallery also houses a very good bookshop and reading room where you can freely peruse a huge collection of albums, magazines and books many of which are in English. There is also a fantastic cinema on site (U-jazdowski Kino) plus a top notch restaurant and café.

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Open 11:00-18:00. Closed Mon, Thu, Fri 12:00-20:00, Sat 10:00-19:00.

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Admission 16/8zł, Thu free, students up to 26 years of age 1zł.

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27.12.2014
Cy Prian
33131
This is well written guide to an almost destroyed museum. I hope <a href='https://artandmusicrecording.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/outsider-art-presents-itself-via-satellite-broadband/'>outsider art</a> can get the same depository to preserve its treasures.
28.04.2011
Laura

Very much enjoyed the museum but the service in the Qchnia Artystyczna was the worst we experienced over a three week visit to Poland.Our waiter was running around from table to table but typically carrying only 1 item while 3 other restaurant staff stood guard by the door platters in hand ready to clear tables that were slow to be served. We left without getting our food after 1.5 hours.
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