Art of the interwar period – art déco
The new wing of the Masovian Museum is a beautiful three-story tenement house at 6 Kolegialna Street.
The ruined monument in the center of Płock regained its glory.
The new wing of the Masovian Museum is a beautiful three-story tenement house at Kolegialna Street 6. Its renovation, adaptation and arrangement are the result of the funds received by the Masovian Museum in Płock – both EU funds and subsidies granted by the Marshal’s Office of the Mazovian Voivodeship in Warsaw. The ruined monument in the center of Płock regained its glory.
The historic tenement house with an area of 2,520 square meters will be a space for artistic and educational activities, a tourist attraction of the city, the next stage in the process of revitalizing the Old Town of Płock. Above all, however, it made it possible to present in all its glory the Art déco collection of the Masovian Museum in Płock.
On the ground floor of the tenement house at 6 Kolegialna Street, you will be welcomed by the city at night with architecture drawn with light mapping, a mini Odeon cinema and an original car from the period – Jowett from 1926, placed on a round platform. In the interiors of tenement houses – Polish, German and French – furniture, glass, ceramics, fabrics, lamps, painting and sculpture are presented, in a fashion house a collection of clothes, in a jewelry store – jewelry, incl. a Tiffany powder box and earrings in a Cartier case, and a collection of securities and numismatic items in the office of the bank president.
The exhibition on the first floor opens with the arrangement of the flat of the Polish intelligentsia of the 1930s – you will visit a living room with a study, a dining room, a kitchen and a bedroom here. This is where you will find kilims designed by leading artists of the Polish interwar period.
The first floor is also a design gallery, where you can admire a rich collection of glass from valued Polish glassworks: Niemen, Zawiercie, Hortensja, Krosno, and foreign factories: Lalique, Bacarrat, Daum Brothers. The metal collections are represented by products from Warsaw (including Julia Keilowa’s designs), European and American companies. Ceramics by products from Ćmielów, Pacyków, Silesian factories, and foreign porcelain with services and figurines of Rosenthal at the forefront.
The part devoted to painting presents portraits by avant-garde Polish artists: Zbigniew Pronaszka, Stanisław Witkacy and Leon Chwistek, as well as a female nude by the Belgian painter Leon de Smet, a portrait of a lady with a dog by Jan Rudnicki. The pearl of the MMP collection is a gift from PKN Orlen – “Still Life” with an ancient sculpture by Tamara Łempicka – an icon of the past 1920s and 30s of the 20th century world-class, whose painting is the essence of the art deco style.
A reference to the success of Polish artists at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1925 is the Hall of Identity, a separate space with Polish works from the national trend inspired by folklore, as well as those revealing the influences of cubism and functionalism.
The exhibition is complemented by screens with information about the art of the interwar period, an art déco selfie wall and a mirror where you can try on costumes from the era.
The exhibition “Art of the interwar period – art déco” is dedicated to the memory of prof. Irena Huml, an outstanding Polish art historian, who supported the idea of building the Płock art déco collection and the permanent exhibition dedicated to the interwar period.
Curators of the exhibition: Michał Burdziński, Małgorzata Szadkowska, Mariola Adamska
The opening of the exhibition is part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Masovian Museum in Płock.
Where? 6 Kolegialna St., Płock
When? The exhibition can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, in the summer from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., in winter from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (last admission – 45 minutes before closing).
For how much? Admission is free.