NArchitekTURA’s chapel-like interior for the renaissance collection

NArchitekTURA pays homage to Renaissance art with a chapel-like space

Bartosz Haduch from NArchitekTURA reveals its chapel-like design for a permanent exposure in Poland with the Lanckoroński Collection. Presented on the first floor of the Wawel Royal Castle, overlooking Krakow’s historic Old Town, the art space showcases the works of Renaissance artists such as Paolo Uccello, Bartholomaeus Bruyn the Elder and Barend Graat. It combines contemporary forms, technologies and materials with historical references to the layout of Wawel Cathedral, where Renaissance and Baroque chapels stood around the main nave and ambulatory.

“The new architecture of the exhibition was originally intended to resemble a contemporary quasi-sacred space, surprisingly mixed with a sequence of adjoining rooms. Like the neighboring cathedral, this new ‘chapel’ was to adjoin the already defined interior and main visitor route, constituting a self-contained form and continuing the tradition of layering various architectural styles and forms at Wawel,’ explains Haduch.

images © Anna Stankiewicz, Dariusz Błażewski

fluid geometries + materials reminiscent of exposed paintings

A vaulted arch defines the character of the showroom, where similar flowing geometries reign. Complementing it at the bottom is a curved plywood ribbon acting as a balustrade, a support for individual painting descriptions; it also hides technical devices and punctual lighting. The uneven inclination of its upper surface gives the illusion of perspective distortion. ‘This can be read as a reference to the work of Uccello, who in several of his works experimented with the combination of multiple one-shot and two-shot shots,’ he adds.

Haduch of NArchitekTURA also placed small, portable round mirrors above the descriptions, serving as further references to optical illusions in Uccello’s Renaissance works. Specifically, they reflect fragments of paintings and the showroom’s historic coffered ceiling.

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Behind the liquid form of the chapel-like plywood is a curved wall finished with copper panels. ‘This is where the famous paintings borrowed for the exhibition from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Gallery in London and the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill hang”. notes the architect.

The shape of this copper wall was taken from Bartholomaeus Bruyn the Elder’s painting – “Portrait of a Girl”. The recessed shape also evokes the mysterious interior of the cave illustrated in “Saint George and the Dragon” by Paolo Uccello, suspended in the center. The sober colors of the new arrangement are, in turn, a nod to the third work, entitled “Company in a Garden” by Barend Graat.

Three religious paintings complete the exhibition from the Lanckoroński collection, presented as part of the permanent exhibition in different rooms around the arcaded courtyard of the castle.

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evoking a contemporary quasi-sacred space

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the exhibition is complemented by three religious paintings from the Lanckoroński collection

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a copper foil drawing reminiscent of many churches in Krakow’s Old Town

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the flowing shapes encourage viewers to get closer to the individual paintings

project info:

Last name: Lanckoronski Collection

location: Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow, Poland

Exhibition design: NArchitekTURA / Bartosz Haduch, Łukasz Marjański

conservative: Joanna Winiewicz-Wolska

coordination: Joanna Kazubowska

visual identification: Jozefina Wiśniewska

photography: Anna Stankiewicz, Dariusz Blazewski

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edited by: léa zeitoun | design boom

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