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The Szymanowski Museum - About the branch

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The wall also features a portrait of Serge Lifar, painted after the Paris prèmiere of Harnasie by the same artist and a drawing of the French painter Irpo titled Two Women, created in Paris in 1931. Opposite the entrance, there is a reproduction of Tadeusz Pruszkowski's Masks and Władysław Skoczylas' woodcut Old Highlander, which constituted part of 'Atma's' original décor. The photographs of Szymanowski's family and friends are placed on the piano, table and desk.

On the left of the entrance, visitors can see a wall with a linocut titled Our Lady of the Herbs by Aniela Pawlikowska née Wolska as well as photographs of Grzegorz Fitelberg and the composer's sister, Stanisława Szymanowska. Further to the left is a bookcase with a few dozen publications from Szymanowski's library. A small settee situated on the right, towards the centre of the room, was used for relaxation. The nearby table presents a large photograph of Irena Warden, who lived in New York and for a few years regularly supported the composer financially. She owned the manuscript of the draft score of Harnasie, which was dedicated to her, until her death in 1976. In her will, Irena Warden-Cittadini bequeathed the manuscript to the National Museum in Krakow. The only furniture in 'Atma' that Szymanowski actually owned were the original armchairs produced in the late 1920s by the Interior Design Cooperative "Ład" ["Order"] - all the remaining furnishings were rented along with the house. While visiting this room, visitors can listen to an interview which Szymanowski gave to the Czechoslovak Radio on the occasion of King Roger's Prague prèmiere at the National Theatre (Narodni Divadlo) in October 1932.

The last room, formerly a small guest room, is intended for temporary exhibitions. Here, visitors are given an opportunity to get acquainted with films about Karol Szymanowski and his little homeland, the documentation of the project "Music in the Tatra Mountains" and a number of studies related to the artistic and educational activities of the National Museum in Krakow in the villa 'Atma'.
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