Concert by Piotr Orzechowski ‘Pianohooligan', one of the most awarded jazz musicians of the young generation, and a premiere screening of the film from the 9th edition of Muzeum Utracone (Museum of Lost Art) with live music are the main attractions of this year’s Night of Museums in the Royal Łazienki, which will take place on 19 May 2018.

Three yoga sessions (starting at 17.00, 18.00 and 19.00) on the lawn near the Museum of Hunting and Equestrianism will commence the night-time tours of the summer residence of King Stanisław August. The Night of Museums will begin in the Royal Łazienki at 19.00 and will last until 2.00 a.m. (last entry to the buildings at approx. 1.30 a.m.). In that time, our guests will have a chance to visit the Palace on the Isle, the Officer Cadets School, the Old Guardhouse, the Myślewicki Palace, the Royal Theatre, as well as the Museum of Hunting and Equestrianism.

Lost Art in the Palace on the Isle

The tours of the Palace on the Isle will take place under the theme of lost, and then recovered works of art from the collections of King Stanisław August. Participants of the Night of Museums will have a chance to see the marble bust of the Ancient goddess Diana by François Houdon, the painting "Washerwoman" by Gabriel Metsu, and a reconstruction of paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, which were destroyed in the Salle de Salomon during World War II.

Film Screening in the Amphitheatre and in the Royal Theatre

The exhibition of art in the Palace on the Isle will be complemented by a screening of the film from this year’s, 9th edition of the Museum of Lost Art, "Królewski sen" (A King’s Dream), depicting the history of the collection of King Stanisław August and the history of his summer residence. The event will begin at 21.00 in the Amphitheatre (with repeat screenings until 1.00). The screening will be preceded by a concert by Hubert Zemler – percussionist, composer, laureate of the bronze medal at the Delphic Games in Korea (solo percussion category) – member of several Warsaw-based independent music bands.

The film "Królewski sen" (A King’s Dream) will be presented at 21.30 in the Royal Theatre (with repeat screenings until 1.00).

Exhibitions, Family Education Zone

The Night of Museums will also provide a chance to take a tour of the exhibition "ONNA – Beauty, Strength, Ecstasy", displayed in the newly-opened exhibition area in the Officer Cadets School. The exhibition comprises almost one hundred wood engravings, whose main subjects are women (from Japanese onna), portrayed by the greatest Japanese masters of the Edo period (1603-1868).

The exhibition of wood engravings is organized in parallel with the family education zone in the Old Guardhouse, entitled "Tell a Story! Japan in Five Tales", where children aged 1-12 and their guardians will listen to fairy tales and legends from the Land of Cherry Blossoms and experience remarkable adventures.

During the Night of Museums, the Palace on the Isle will feature an exhibition of Thracian Gold from the collections of the National History Museum in Sofia. Our guests will see insignia from mid-4th century B.C., belonging to the ruler of one of Thracian tribes – a wonderful golden wreath, golden rosettes and a golden stamp ring – unearthed during the survey of an ancient burial mound in northern Bulgaria.

The section of the Museum of Hunting and Equestrianism located in the Royal Łazienki Museum will make available to visitors its permanent exhibitions, including: the coach house, Polish hunting lodge-themed room from between the 19th and 20th century, forest animals, birds and exotic trophies.

Concert by Piotr Orzechowski

Another attraction of the Night of Museums in the Royal Łazienki will be the concert by Piotr Orzechowski ‘Pianohooligan’, one of the most awarded jazz musicians of the young generation, winner of numerous prizes, including the most important one – 1st prize at the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition (2011), which marked him as the first Pole to win this legendary Swiss festival. The remarkable pianist and composer will perform pieces from his solo album ‘24 Preludes & Improvisations’, alluding with its form to 24 preludes and fugues by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The concert, organized on the occasion of the Night of Museums, will begin at 22.30 at the foot of the Monument to Chopin. The performance by Piotr Orzechowski ‘Pianohooligan’ will be preceded by a short recital by Julia Łozowska. The talented young pianist will play pieces by Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne in B major, Op. 9 No. 3, Etude in B minor, Op. 25 No. 10, Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44.

Commemorative Tokens

During the Night of Museums, visitors to the Royal Łazienki will receive commemorative tokens from the Mint of Poland, pressed by coin press machines standing in front of the Palace on the Isle and the Museum of Hunting and Equestrianism.

The partners of the Night of Museums in the Royal Łazienki are: the Museum of Lost Art and the PKP Group Foundation Concert co-organizers: Stołeczna Estrada, Mint of Poland. PZU is the Patron of the Royal Łazienki Museum.