In late June 2016, the Four Domes Pavilion. Museum of Contemporary Art opened as a new branch of the National Museum in Wrocław, at the newly restored Four Domes Pavilion, part of the historic Exhibition Grounds with the world-famous Centennial Hall. The permanent exhibition features works by Poland’s leading contemporary artists: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Jerzy Bereś, Włodzimierz Borowski, Władysław Hasior, Jan Lebenstein, Tadeusz Kantor, Alina Szapocznikow, Henryk Stażewski, Jerzy Tchórzewski.
Designed in 1912 by Hans Poelzig, one of Europe’s leading architects in the early 20th century, the Four Domes Pavilion has been restored to its original function of an exhibition venue. As the Museum of Contemporary Art, a new branch of the National Museum in Wrocław, the modernized building houses the Museum’s collection of Polish contemporary art, one of nation’s best and most comprehensive. The exhibition features works by distinguished Polish artists, illuminating the richness and diversity of Polish art after 1945 until present: from the works inspired by the Modern Movement and the avant-garde of the interwar period to a wide range of trends and tendencies informing the art of the later 20th century with its diverse aesthetic, political, social and philosophical concerns (Matterism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, Body Art etc.). The selection of works from the collection numbering some 20 thousand pieces showcases various disciplines and media explored by contemporary artists, from traditional to modern: painting, sculpture, installation, video art, graphic arts, photography, performance documentation.