Art Bunker in Krakow


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The history of Bunkier goes back to the year 1950. On the strength of the decision of Minister of Culture and Art the Krakow branch of the Central Bureau of Art Exhibitions (CBWA) was created. Its program, organizational and financial issues were supervised by the headquarters in Warsaw.

It was initially located in a small room in 3 Lobzowska Sreet, rented from the Association of Polish Artists and Designers. Later, from 1951 to 1965, premises were hired from the Friends of Fine Arts Society (Palac Sztuki, 4 Szczepanski Square). After the CBWA had been decentralized in 1962, its Krakow branch was transformed into the Bureau of Art Exhibitions (BWA). Three years later, a two-storey pavilion with then gigantic exhibition space of ca. 1,000 sq meters, designed specifically for the BWA, the seat of Bunkier Sztuki till present, was built (3a Szczepanski Square) and given for exclusive exploitation to the bureau. The project was prepared by Krystyna Rozyska-Tolloczko. The building hosting Bunkier Sztuki is one of few instances of brutalism in Poland. The façade constructed of concrete casts of wooden framework was designed by Stefan Borzecki and Antoni Hajdecki.
The concept of Bunkier Sztuki (Art Bunker) originated in another perspective on the potential of the place: it was not only the biggest gallery in the Malopolskie province, but also the biggest municipal gallery in Poland. A contemporary arts centre was to be created, whose influence would reach further than locality, maintaining international standards regarding both substantive quality and professional organization of expositions.

Address: 3a Szczepanski Square
Opening hours:

Mondays: closed

Tuesdays – Sundays: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

6 PLN – normal
3 PLN - reduced

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