Young Poland at the William Morris Gallery

October 12 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The William Morris Gallery in London has recently opened their latest exhibition entitled Young Poland: An Arts and Crafts Movement (1890 – 1918).

According to the gallery's online blurb:

Young Poland: An Arts and Crafts Movement (1890 – 1918) is the first major exhibition to explore the decorative arts and architecture of Young Poland (Młoda Polska), an extraordinary cultural movement that flourished in response to Poland’s invasion and occupation by foreign powers. 

Originating in Kraków and the nearby village of Zakopane at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, Young Poland sought inspiration in local folk traditions, wildlife and craftsmanship while collapsing the distinction between the fine and applied arts. Developing themes explored in a critically acclaimed book by its curators (Lund Humphries, 2020), the exhibition is the first in the world to position Young Poland as an Arts & Crafts movement, revealing strong stylistic and philosophical affinities with the work of William Morris and John Ruskin.

The show will run until 30th January 2022.

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