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Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture in Krolikarnia

Pulawska 113 a | Mokotow, Warsaw 02-707, Poland
+48 22 843 15 86
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Sculpture Park in Mokotow

Nice place to walk and see the sculptures. Free entry to sculpture park. Also the Krolikarnia... read more

Reviewed March 9, 2018
Vignes K
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Warsaw, Poland
Is this place even open?

Years ago I came here and saw an amazing display of art in this small gallery. But every time I've... read more

Reviewed November 17, 2017
sandy c
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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The Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture is a division of the National Museum in Warsaw, located in an idyllic Palladian palace named Królikarnia (The Rabbit House). The name dates back to the 17th century, when our park was set up as a zoo, to hunt for rabbits - a fashionable custom of the time. The Palace was designed by Domenico Merlini and built in the 1780s by the notorious gambler and rake Charles Thomatis, Count de Valery. Thomatis had come to Warsaw from Milan at the invitation of the King of Poland Stanislaw August Poniatowski to run the King's Theatre. Rumour has it that the mother of Giacomo Casanova was in the troupe of actors led by Thomatis. Since then, owners, interior design and function of the palace have often changed. It was destroyed and rebuilt many times. In 1879, Królikarnia burnt to the ground. The reconstruction of the building, conducted by the Puslowski family, was one of the pioneer achievements in the history of Polish restoration works. During the Warsaw Uprising, the palace was devastated once again. After the Second World War the estate was nationalised by the communist government. In 1948, it was decided that Królikarnia should be rebuilt to house the sculptures of Xawery Dunikowski - a prominent artist. The restoration of the ruined palace was finished in 1965, a year after Dunikowski's death. This was the beginning of the Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture at the Królikarnia Palace. In Królikarnia, we organize exhibitions, performances, meetings, conferences, film screenings, concerts, and outdoor events in a romantic park which surrounds the palace. Our museum houses the country's largest collection of sculpture, comprising works from the 15th century to the present day. Maintaining such a large and heterogeneous collection in good condition is our great responsibility, challenge and privilege. In order to create a significant centre for the study of sculpture we also conduct research and undertake publishing activities. Our academic and artistic interests are based on two sources: the history of our venue and a modern understanding of the concept of sculpture, which could mean the traditional figure made of marble or bronze as well as public art in the spirit of Joseph Beuys's concept of 'Social Sculpture'. For this reason, our program combines traditional museum exhibitions with experimental performances and unexpected happenings, such as concerts that begin at sunrise, a vegetable garden cultivated by the museum audience, or a mystic Muslim ritual celebrated among western European art exhibits.
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Mar 9, 2018
“Sculpture Park in Mokotow”
Nov 17, 2017
“Is this place even open?”
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Pulawska 113 a | Mokotow, Warsaw 02-707, Poland
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Reviewed March 9, 2018

Nice place to walk and see the sculptures. Free entry to sculpture park. Also the Krolikarnia Palace houses artworks in form of temporary exhibitions.

Thank Vignes K
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Reviewed November 17, 2017

Years ago I came here and saw an amazing display of art in this small gallery. But every time I've been here since, the building is closed. No mention of this ever on the web site. Maybe you can take a chance if you're in...More

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Reviewed January 5, 2017

Visited during the wintertime when most of the statues are protected against the cold and therefore not to be seen. The three statues which where visible where great. Have to see this location again in spring or summer.

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Reviewed October 25, 2016

Even if you are not interested in visiting the sculpture museum in the heritage building, Krolikarnia is a very pleasant park in which to spend or an hour or so. There are great views of Mokotow behind the palace, and a few quirky surprises you...More

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Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Krolikarnia is a small sculpture museum with only a couple of rooms and maybe 10-15 minutes of sightseeing. But exhibitions can be powerful. The highly emotional Rodin/Dunikowski event until 18 Sep 2016 is well worth going to. Do go for a walk around the building...More

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Reviewed July 18, 2015

completely looking like jews church, very beautiful old art made, huge crowd come in the evening time people love this place, and enjoy the night chating each other

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Reviewed June 10, 2015

There's nothing special about the palace actually, just a couple of rooms with some exhibits...the park where it's situated seems more interesting, you can have a good time walking and watching some statues and monuments or simply enjoying the nature.

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

I stumbled across this park by accident, looking for the Wilanow Palace and totally mis-reading my map! Krolikarnia is only about 30 minutes walk from the Start hotels complex in Warsaw's Wilanow suburb, and so on a hot day is well worth a visit. Sunbathing...More

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