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The Introduction of Christianity to Poland, A.D. 965, Jan Matejko, from the cycle History of Civilisation in Poland, photo: National Museum in Warsaw

The Introduction of Christianity to Poland, A.D. 965 by Jan Matejko is the painting which opens A History of Civilization in Poland, a cycle of twelve oil sketches created in the painter’s last period of artistic activity which revealed his desire to settle accounts with Poland’s past.

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Some of the curators of The Anything Goes Museum, photo: promo materials / MNW

The Anything Goes Museum is a museological and educational experiment sure to challenge our pre-conceptions about what museums can do. In an unusual move, it puts children in charge of preparing the main temporary exhibition at the National Museum in Warsaw.

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The second part of our visual guide to Polish history spans the time when Poland was not on the map (but it sure was in the paintings) and takes Polish history all the way to our present

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Polish history can be complicated making it sometimes really difficult to tell what's really going on in these pictures. Here's the first part of our visual guide to Polish history - learn what's actually happening in these images from times immemorial to Finis Poloniae.

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The Silesian Museum in Katowice, photo: Sonia Szeląg

The turbulent and multicultural history of Silesia, as well as Poland and Europe, are woven together in this post-industrial space. The new museum opens on 26 June 2015.

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Wojciech Kossak (1857-1942), "Portrait of Halina and Michał Mycielski among a Herd of Horses in Gałów", 1926, oil on canvas, courtesy of of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, credit: kolekcje.mkidn.gov.pl

Poland is still searching for 63,000 works of art lost as a result of the Second World War. "We are still waiting for the return of Cranach's Madonna as well as Rafael's Portrait of a Young Man".

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Zofia Stryjeńska, "Seasons. July – August", photo: National Museum in Warsaw

The exhibition "Treasures from Chopin's Country: Polish Art from the 15th - 20th Century", which enjoyed a huge popularity in Beijing, after presentation in China was opened at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul.

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The Alchemist Michał Sędziwój, a painting from Julian Tuwim’s collection, XIX century, photo: Muzeum Literatury / East News

Michał Sędziwój, otherwise known as Michael Sendivogius, was a Polish alchemist and diplomat who lived a fascinating life in the 16th and 17th century. His groundbreaking alchemical works, which were much valued by the likes of Isaac Newton and Antoine Lavoisier, were milestones on the path to the discovery of oxygen.

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Exhibition 'Treasures from Chopin's Country' at the National Museum of China in Beijing, photo: Studio Panato

For the first time in history, Beijing's National Museum of China hosted a thorough and wide-ranging exhibition of Polish art, from that of the Middle Ages up to contemporary art.

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Portraits of anonymous criminals by Deborah Hirsch, the tombstones of serial killers by Zbigniew Libera and Lars Laumann's film about a young Norwegian woman's love for a convict are only a part of the works presented at the "Crime in Art" exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow.

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Jan Matejko, " Bitwa pod Grunwaldem", 1878, olej na płótnie, 426 x 987 cm, ze zbiorów Muzeum Narodowego w Warszawie (MNW), foto: dzięki uprzejmości MNW

Characters and events in Jan Matejko's Battle of Grunwald explained, at last.

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The exhibition "Treasures from Chopin's Country" in the National Museum of China in Beijing is the largest to date presentation of Polish art outside Poland. The exhibition consists of almost 350 items from 17 Polish museums. The opening ceremony on 6th February, 2015 was attended by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage professor Malgorzata Omilanowska.

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Who was Matejko? The Pope of Polish art? An illustrator and chronicler of historic events? Or was he rather a great ideologist, the creator of national myths and Poles’ ideas about their own history and identity? And, in the end, was he a painter?

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Jan Matejko, "Rejtan. The Fall of Poland", 1866, oil painitng, 282 x 487 cm, in the collections of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, photo: courtesy of the Royal Castle in Warsaw

Out of the 320 or so known oil paintings by Matejko, it is Rejtan which still gives rise to strong emotion today.

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The exhibition at the Museum of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn explores how the "Battle of Grunwald" has served as a key source of inspiration for artists through the ages.

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Jan Matejko, Battle of Grunwald / Bitwa pod Grunwaldem, 1878, oil on canvas, 426 x 987 cm, From the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw (MNW), photo: courtesy of MNW

Jan Matejko's "The Battle of Grunwald" is indisputably one of the most famous paintings in Poland's national collection.

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The exhibition will be the first collective public presentation of works by almost all the artists known to have emerged from the studio of Jan Matejko.

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