Art in Warsaw will be covered in full detail for you today and our opening section will discuss the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Warsaw art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
Europe is an area that we have written about many times before if you want to compare the scene here to other places outside of Poland.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Warsaw
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Warsaw you can go to:
- Zachęta National Gallery Of Art at Plac Małachowskiego 3
- Museum Of Modern Art at Ul Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22
- National Museum at Aleje Jerozolimskie 3
- Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art at Jazdów 2
- Galeria Stereo at Ul Miedziana 11
- Raster Gallery at Wspólna 63
- Propaganda Gallery at Foksal 11
- Pola Magnetyczne at Londynńska 13
- Lokal 30 Gallery at Wilcza 29a/12
- Leto Gallery at Ul Dzielna 5
- Galeria Le Guern at 25 Katowicka St
- Galeria Dawid Radziszewski at Kolejowa 47a/U5
- Fundacja Rodziny Staraków at Ul Bobrowiecka 6
Zachęta National Gallery of Art is open from noon to 8pm Tuesday through Sunday as a non-profit organization whose aim is to popularize modern art as a vital part of society where you will find a great collection of twentieth and twenty first century art on display.
The artists, the crew, and the audience make up the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw which is open every day of the week except Monday. Exhibitions, publications, teaching, and research initiatives reflect the museum’s participation in the modern world as their ever-expanding art collection provides a chronicle of local and worldwide dynamic events and changes.
The National Museum in Warsaw opens at 10am Tuesday through Sunday and was created in 1862 as the Museum of Fine Arts making it one of the country’s oldest art institutions. The National Museum was given a significant position in the designs for the new state and its capital city after Poland won independence in 1918 and the Modernist structure in which it now sits was built between 1927 and 1938. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photos, coins, as well as utilitarian products and designs are among the estimated 830,000 pieces of art from Poland and beyond dating from antiquity to the present.
The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art is open Tuesday through Sunday as one of Poland’s most prominent institutions hosting exhibits, performances, film screenings, and artist residencies among its many offerings. It is Poland’s first contemporary art center and it is a location where different areas cohabit, interact, and cross their own borders in order to produce new characteristics and phenomena.
You can visit Galeria Stereo from noon to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday who works closely with artists from Poland as well as around the world providing curatorial care for their work.
Raster Gallery is open from noon to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday as a pioneer and leader in the Central European contemporary art market as well as one of the most well-known Polish galleries in the world. They have been active on the international scene for over ten years collaborating with the most prestigious institutions and collectors, participating in the major art fairs, and exhibiting and representing prominent Polish and worldwide artists.
The Propaganda Gallery is open from noon to 5pm Monday through Friday while being committed to the promotion of Polish and Israeli art as well as its integration into the international scene. In 2010 the Gallery relocated to Foksal Street in the downtown district combining its operations with those of the Propaganda Foundation and taking on the moniker Propaganda Gallery.
For a Polish gallery dedicated to promoting local artists check out Pola Magnetyczne whose owners are two art historians and curators that are dedicated to promoting Polish art since the second half of the twentieth century. You can head over from 3pm to 8pm Wednesday through Friday and from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday to see all that they have to offer.
Lokal 30 has been a place for concerts, gatherings, and performances since 2006 encouraging artists of all generations and establishing their reputation on the world stage with a concentration on women artists in your area.
Leto Gallery is open from noon to 7pm Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 6pm on Saturday having started out in 2007 and quickly becoming a significant participant in the Polish contemporary art scene. The gallery has established itself as a place of cooperation, education, and promotion for the millennial generation of artists particularly those who came of age following the fall of communism in 1989 thanks to Marta Koakowska’s unique vision and bold choices.
Le Guern Gallery is a contemporary gallery near you that is open from noon to 6pm Tuesday through Friday and from 11am to 4pm on Saturday specializing in young artists from the Polish and worldwide scenes. The gallery builds its profile with reference to current visual manifestations presenting some of the most difficult contemporary artists as well as promoting emerging local artists.
In 2008 the Starak Family Foundation was founded which assists young people from low-income households by giving them the opportunity to study, improve their self-esteem, broaden their horizons, and learn how to work together. The Foundation also supports art secondary schools by providing opportunities for students and instructors to participate in creative extracurricular projects while supplying a unique venue to exhibit their work.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These art stores in your area should have all of the materials and supplies you need:
- Empik at Ul Złota 59
- Sklep Papiernik at Al Ken 22
- Art Barbara at Ul Mazowiecka 7
- Tinta Dla Plastyków at Ul Szkolna 5
Empik is one of Poland’s most well-known and popular brands so whether you enjoy reading books, listening to music, watching movies, playing board games, traveling, gardening, football, or are a fan of summer music festivals you’ll find everything you need to pursue your interests or discover new ones here.
If you’re looking for a location to get anything you need for school, office, or art Sklep Papiernik Shop is the right spot.
Tinta is another great local art supply store you should check out.
Shows & Events
Check out these art shows, festivals, and events in Warsaw:
The Street Art Festival is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch as many street performances as possible over one long weekend in August. The festival has been continuing strong since 1993 and is an annual event with the goal of introducing the public to this unique type of theatre that incorporates elements of dance, circus acts, and occurrences.
Gallery Weekend will take place at the end of September and is Poland’s largest cyclical assessment of new work held in private contemporary art galleries. Gallery Weekend has been beginning the fall season of cultural events for over a decade showcasing the best of the capital’s art sector.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you want to find some new unique works or figure out the true value of something visit dealers and appraisers like:
- Agra Art Auction House at Wilcza 70
- Galeria Art at Dobra 40
- Art in House Dom Aukcyjny i Galeria Sztuki at Al Jerozolimskie 107
- Pikoteka at Cybernetyki 19B
Agra Art is a leading local auction house that specializes in fine and contemporary paintings that was founded in 1990 and has since hosted hundreds of extremely successful auctions including a charity auction hosted by the President Lech Walesa.
Wojciech Tuleya is an art historian, art dealer, and manager who has been recognized for his contributions to culture and he runs GaleriaArt.pl. He previously ran the Krakowskie Przedmiecie 17 gallery for thirty years.
Art in House is a website where you may purchase original artwork for your home where beautiful wall art for your living space including paintings on canvas, sculptures, and more may be found.
For a gallery that specializes in high-quality copies of works by great masters as well as original works by modern artists contact Pikoteka.
These art walking tours in your area can be a lot of fun on a nice day:
Individuals and small groups can take advantage of Walkative’s free tours which are capped at groups of 8.
Sculptures & Statues
You may also be interested in taking photos of these statues and sculptures near you:
- Muzeum Rzeźby im Xawerego Dunikowskiego at Puławska 113a Puławska 113a
- Warsaw Uprising Monument at Długa 22
- Nicolas Copernicus Monument at Krakowskie Przedmieście
- Warsaw Mermaid at rynek Starego Miasta 12/14
- Chopin Monument at Łazienki Królewskie al Ujazdowskie
- Praskiej Kapeli Podwórkowejw Warszawie at Księdza Ignacego Kłopotowskiego
In 1989 the 33-foot-tall bronze sculpture of the Warsaw Uprising Monument was revealed which shows a group of combatants engaged in combat while fleeing beneath the rubble of a collapsing building.
A massive figure of Nicolaus Copernicus sits in a chair at the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument that is staring at the bronze model of his solar system that dominates the plaza. The statue is close to the church where Chopin’s heart is kept preserving a portion of another Polish person who is sometimes misidentified as a French person.
Varsovian artist Konstanty Hegel created the Warsaw Mermaid sculpture which has moved around the city to different locations many times.
The world’s most well-known Polish sculpture is a memorial to the great musician Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49) which was created by Wacaw Szymanowski who was a famous artist, sculptor, and musician from the turn of the twentieth century and is located near the Belvedere Palace on Aleje Ujazdowskie.
The Backyard Band Monument is located on the plaza at the intersection of Florianska and Kopotowski streets in the Stara Prague to Prague North neighborhood. Archbishop Sawoj Leszek Glodz commissioned the sculpture which was made by artist Andrzej Renes and on September 17, 2006 the memorial was unveiled.
Warsaw Art Classes
The instructors at the the best Warsaw art schools might have classes for kids, teens, or adults:
- Academy of Fine Arts at Krakowskie Przedmieście 5
- Perspektywa at Hoża 88
- Państwowe Ognisko Artystyczne Nowolipki at Nowolipki 9B
- Crea Szkoła Rysunku at Adama Mickiewicza 34/36/lok. 30
- Module at Hoża 57
- Totu Szkoła Rysunku i Malarstwa Warszawa at Lwowska 11/1
The Academy of Fine Arts was founded in 1904 as a result of a collective initiative when the supervisory board chose Kazimierz Stabrowski who was a painter as its first director.
For the past two decades Perspektywa has been teaching drawing lessons while offering excellent learning opportunities in small groups.
The Nowolipki State Centre of Arts is run by the local government to promote children and young people’s creative education. It is dedicated to activities in the visual arts and music with lessons based on creative curricula as well as exhibitions, contests, concerts, and meet-the-author sessions.
The offer from Crea Szkoa Rysunku is aimed towards anybody who is interested in art in any manner providing both children’s drawing lessons and adult art courses.
Totu Szkoa Rysunku I Malarstwa Warszawa is a creative space, school, and gathering point dedicated to art, growth, and all creative activities.
Studios For Rent Near You
Unfortunately we don’t know where to rent art studio space in your area. If you know of any spots please mention them in the comments so we can add the info to this page, thanks.
Some of the top places for art framing in Warsaw are:
- Mech Art Salon Ramiarski at Zielna 45
- Zigzagfames at Jana i Jędrzeja Śniadeckich 1/15
- Fotkom at Wolska 84/86
- Artmagazin Warszawska Fabryka Ram i Podobrazi at Mazowiecka 11
- Art Ram at Panny Wodnej 46/48
Mech Art Salon Ramiarski has been working with excellent and thorough art installation since 1991. Oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, sketches, maps, antique prints, and graphics are all framed plus they specialize in custom framing of pictures, mirrors, and other creative artifacts.
Zigzagfames is not only a traditional painting setting but also a creative way to display art and collectibles. They are exposing the fixtures to entirely new tracks based on more than 30 years of expertise and a fresh new viewpoint on framing.
Since 2003 Fotkom has been selling albums, passepartou, and custom frames that they make themselves.
Art Magazine is a company store imagine studio that manufactures frames for paintings, photograph’s, anti-rams, weaves, and sub-images allowing them to provide a high-quality product at a reasonable price to their clients.
The Artram business has been making framing services near you for many years.
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Have Fun Enjoying The Warsaw Art Scene
We did our best to cover the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
Anyone that made it this far probably knows a lot about the local art scene. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if you noticed anything incorrect in the comments.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Warsaw!