Wyspianski Museum, Krakow
This monument to the great Polish playwright and artist Stanislaw Wyspianski shows him surrounded by characters from two of his plays.
Apparently there was a lot of criticism of the monument when it was first unveiled. Not being familiar with any of Wyspianski's plays I don't know whether the criticism was levelled at the way the characters have been represented or the style of the sculpture. Coming to it from a completive uninformed viewpoint I rather liked the solid, stoic characteristics of the figures.
The location, however, is pretty terrible. Outside the National Museum is fine but at the end of the car park outside the National Museum isn't! It simply doesn't do it any justice; it gives the monument a rather sorry aspect as it stares forlornly over the roofs of cars. Such a shame as I think it's a great piece of art that is being rather undermined by its surroundings.
Wyspianski Museum - a museum dedicated to a well known local artist of international fame: Stanislaw Wyspianki, who also painted the interior of Saint Mary's church. He was also the leading figure of the Mloda Polska (Young Poland), a very interesting and innovative Polish art movement. He was a very versatile artist, too: not only he was a painter, he also was apoet, a playwright and a designer. The museum is closed on Monday and public holidays. Opening time: 10 am. CLosing time: it varies
Even the small museums are great here. This one is dedicated to Stanislaw Wyspianski a painter, poet and playwright. He was a leader in the 'Young Polnad' movement. He designed a plan to rebuild the ancient Wawel. His stained-glass windows in the Franciscan Church are a real highlight.