I am the originator of this project. The idea came to my mind in August 2001 and since then I have been implementing it by disseminating the knowledge about interesting forms of the European sacred architecture. I work for the National Museum in Gdańsk.
Etnolog i literaturoznawca, doktorantka na Wydziale Filologicznym Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego, członkini Pomorskiego Towarzystwa Filozoficzno-Teologicznego. Interesuje się kulturą symboliczną, zwłaszcza duchowością oraz religijnością (szczególnie w perspektywie postsekularnej) – jej różnorodnymi przejawami w literaturze, sztuce i życiu codziennym. Pracuje w Muzeum Narodowym w Gdańsku.
National Museum in Gdańsk is the oldest museum in Poland. It inherited collections and tradition from two institutions – City Museum (1870) and Artistic Crafts Museum (1881).
The main location is in the late gothic Franciscan monastery which was adapted to a museum in 1867 – 1871. The biggest part of museum collections was the collection of Jacob Kabrun (1759 – 1814) which comprised of a few thousand paintings, drawings and engravings by European masters from the end of XV to the beginnings of XIX century. It was donated to the city according to the owner’s last will. By the end of World War II the building was destroyed in 65% and a large part of collections disappeared. The first post-war exposition was open in 1948.
Currently the museum has following departments:
- Department of Ancient Art – in the main building,
- Department of Modern Art – in Oliwa, Abbot’s Palace,
- Ethnography Department – in Abbot’s Granary,
- Green Gate – a site for temporary exhibitions,
- Gdańsk Photography Gallery – in the Main Town,
- Museum of the National Anthem – in Józef Wybicki’s manor in Będomin, near Kościerzyna,
- Nobility Traditions Museum – in Waplewo Wielkie.
Among the presented exhibits in the Department of Ancient Art we can see collections of medieval Pomeranian fine arts, works of Gdańsk goldsmiths (XV – XIX century), a great collection of ceramics (faience from Delft, Gdańsk, Germany, Sweden and France as well as Meissen and Berlin porcelain). Gdańsk Painting Gallery presents works of painters involved in the city artistic environment from XV to the mid XX century (e.g. paintings by Anton Möller and Jackob Wessel). Dutch Painting Gallery presents works of i.a. Ferdinand Bol, Jan Brueghl the Younger and Jan van Goyen. The pride of Gdańsk museum is one of the most treasured works in the Polish museum collections – a triptych The Last Judgement by Hans Memling (1433 – 1494), one of the greatest Dutch artists.
The Department of Modern Art and its Gallery of Polish Modern Art present about 400 works of the finest Polish artists of XIX and XX century. The collections also include rarely presented works by Wassili Kandinski, Marc Chagall, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger and Güntera Grass. Temporary exhibitions introduce interesting authors and the most interesting phenomena in the Polish art of XIX and XX century. The Department organizes problem and monographic exhibitions and realizes competition projects.
All the exhibitions, galleries and collections that belong to the National Museum in Gdańsk give a unique chance to learn more about the artistic heritage of Gdańsk, European arts and crafts and the most important trends in Polish art in relation to the European art evolution.