Exhibitions, curated tour, history of the Rząsa family, selfie op, children’s corner and jam session at Café Club Aquarium. Admission free!

Similarly to many other galleries and museum across the country, Galeria Bielska BWA invites visitors to the Museum Night 2019, which will be held from 6 to 11 pm on Saturday, 18 May. Admission to all the exhibitions, workshops and other events, including a jam session in Café Club Aquarium is free of charge.

The main features of this year’s Museum Night are the Rząsa family and wood sculptures. Both of the Gallery halls will be occupied by an exhibition of wood sculptures created by an outstanding artist from Zakopane, the late Antoni Rząsa. Main events include a curated tour of the exhibition and a meeting dedicated to the Rząsa family which spans a few generations of artists. The sculptures, which once earned Antoni the nickname God’s Lumberjack, will now inspire children to create their own work of art, as well as providing unique background for all selfie enthusiasts. Café Club Aquarium will have a photographic exhibition of works by Magda Ciszewska-Rząsa and some live jazz by young musicians from Bielsko-Biała.

Museum Night 2019 in Galeria Bielska BWA and Café Club Aquarium, Saturday, 18 May, 6.00-11.00 pm


EXHIBITIONS (6.00-11.00 pm)

Antoni Rząsa – Sculpture (both exhibition halls)
A retrospective exhibition marking the100th birthday of the wood-loving sculptor, renowned for his series of Pensive and Crucified Christ, and Pietàs – works that refer to human fate and suffering.
Magda Ciszewska- Rząsa – Zemplen. Winter (Café Club Aquarium)
A Photographic exhibition of wintry landscapes of Hungary, white, still and melancholic.

7.00 pm – MEETING

History of the Rząsa family.
Krzysztof Kokoryn talks to Marcin Rząsa and Magda Ciszewska about Futoma and  Zakopane, Kenar’s Art School, sculpture, photography and a few generations of the Rząsas.
Marcin Rząsa – sculptor, Antoni’s son
Magda Ciszewska-Rząsa – photographer, Marcin’s wife
Krzysztof Kokoryn – painter, family friend

9.30 pm – GUIDED TOUR 
with Marcin Rząsa, the curator of the exhibition

6–11 pm:

CHILDREN’S CORNER (entrance hall )
St. Francis – my paper mosaic

Geared with educational materials, our children’s corner will give young visitors an opportunity to create their own image of St. Francis modelled on Antoni Rząsa’s sculpture of the saint.
Children create their own artistic image of Francis, a great lover of birds and animals.
6.00 pm–7.00 pm – workshop with Małgorzata Krzempek, an artistic educator and visual artist.
7.00pm–11.00pm – children accompanied by their parents create an image of St. Francis with the use of provided materials and a template


A concert of young musicians from the Stanisław Moniuszko National School of Music in Bielsko-Biała.
Visitors can take a photo with a chosen sculpture by Antoni Rząsa.
Visitors will be presented with a special ticket to mark the Museum Night 2019 in Galeria Bielska BWA. Please remember to collect the ticket from the front desk in the lobby.