Artist Slawomir Pawszak’s concept for the museum’s façade.

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw Opens Temporary Exhibition Space

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw has announced that it is opening the Museum on the Vistula on Saturday, March 25. The temporary exhibition space will host programming until the institution’s new building in Plac Defilad is completed in 2020.

Located along the Vistula River in the historic neighborhood of Powiśle, the exhibition space is a 6,400-square-foot portable structure that was conceived by Austrian architect Adolf Krischanitz and originally installed in Berlin in 2008. It served as a temporary building for the Temporäre Kunsthalle until 2010. Its exterior, made from ber-cement panels, was designed as an additional surface on which artists can present their work.

The flexible structure was made available to the Warsaw MoMA through its collaboration with the Vienna-based Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) foundation. “The fact that Adolf Krischanitz’s wonderful temporary exhibition space will become a center for contemporary art and culture in Warsaw is very exciting,” Francesca von Habsburg, founder and chairwoman of TBA21, said. “Its interim use in Powiśle will create an extraordinary, experimental space—not only inside, but outside as well—offering visitors and passersby a unique and direct experience of contemporary art.”

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw will inaugurate the pavilion with a group exhibition, “The Beguiling Siren Is Thy Crest,” featuring works by Evelyne Axell, Louise Bourgeois, Edith Dekyndt, Christian Dietrich, Elmgreen & Dragset, Pablo Picasso, Agnieszka Polska, Carol Rama, Erna Rosenstein, Tejal Shah, Dorothea Tanning, and Wolfgang Tillmans.