Zachęta – National Gallery of Art


Specialising in contemporary art, Zachęta organises a variety of temporary exhibitions, which change roughly every three months. A visit to this elegant neo-Renaissance building that celebrated its centenary in 2000 could include shows by Polish as well as Argentinian and Iraqi Kurdish artists in mediums ranging from painting to video installations and photography.

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2. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


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3. Smoleńsk Air Disaster Monument

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4. Saxon Garden

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5. Piłsudski Square

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6. Czapski Palace

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Today housing the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Czapski Palace, completed in 1705, is regarded as one of the best examples of rococo architecture in the…

7. Fibak Collection Gallery

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Since 2001 Wojciech Fibak has been sharing his private collection of Polish modern and contemporary art at this small but packed gallery space. Among the…

8. Visitationist Church

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