Warsaw Chopin Airport has unveiled its latest customer service initiative – a new art gallery featuring the work of some of Poland’s most famous artists.
Artworks from the collections of the Zachęta National Gallery of Art and the National Museum, will be on display at the international gateway until 11 March in order to bring Polish art and the history of Warsaw to a wider audience.
Selected temporary exhibitions from the collections will be on display at the airport gallery, starting off with the “Warszawa Zachęca” (Attracted to Warsaw) exhibition – which includes photographs, films and paintings depicting the city and various important events from its history.
For example, the exhibition includes large-format photographs of Warsaw from the 1950s by Leonard Sempoliński, as well as a film by Joanna Rajkowska.
In addition, large-size futuristic photomontages done by Kobas Laksa provide a vision of a future life in Warsaw and suggest new functions for contemporary buildings photographed by Nicolas Grospierre.
Meanwhile, paintings by Edward Dwurnik, Aneta Grzeszykowska and Jan Smaga “present a sociological portrait” of well-known places in the city, such as the Zachęta art gallery or the YMCA building.
Małgorzata Bogdańska-Krzyżanek, curator of the exhibition, said: “The exhibition features mostly works by Polish contemporary artists shown in Zachęta and pieces co-produced by the gallery as part of its projects.
“The common topic for all exhibits is Warsaw – its past, present and future.”
The exhibition opened on January 11 and can be viewed for two months in the gallery located on the departures level, between the old and the new part of Terminal A, near the chapel.
Radosław Żuk, director of Chopin Airport Public Relations Bureau, said: “Setting up an art gallery in collaboration with two of the country’s most serious institutions of art is quite an honour for us and we believe that the gallery will be an interesting place to visit for our passengers.
“We try to create a unique atmosphere here, so our passengers will leave with pleasant memories.”