Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts

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Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow
Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Jana Matejki w Krakowie
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Main building, on Kraków's Jan Matejko Square
Established1818; 205 years ago (1818)
Rectorprof. Andrzej Bednarczyk
Academic staff
321 (March 2022)
Administrative staff
149 (March 2022)
Students972 (2021/2022)
Plac Matejki 13, 31-157 Kraków
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Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie logo.svg

The Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (Polish: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Jana Matejki w Krakowie, usually abbreviated to ASP),[1] is a public institution of higher education located in the centre of Kraków, Poland. It is the oldest Polish fine art academy, established in 1818 and granted full autonomy in 1873.

ASP is a state-run university that offers 5- and 6-year Master's degree programmes. As of 2007, the Academy's faculty comprised 94 professors and assistant professors as well as 147 Ph.D.s.


The Academy of Fine Arts (ASP) was originally a subdivision of the Jagiellonian University's Department of Literature and was initially (1818–1873) called the School of Drawing and Painting (Szkoła Rysunku i Malarstwa). Among its original teachers were Polish Neoclassicist Antoni Brodowski, and Franciszek Ksawery Lampi, a world-renowned landscape and portrait artist in Congress Poland whose most notable students there were Wojciech Korneli Stattler (a teacher of Jan Matejko) and Piotr Michałowski, equestrian master artist of the Romantic period.[2]

ASP received the status of an independent institution of higher learning in 1873 as the School of Fine Arts (Szkoła Sztuk Pięknych). The first President of the Academy was painter Jan Matejko, who brought in other leading artists as professors including Jan Nepomucen Głowacki, the most outstanding landscape painter of the early 19th century in Poland,[3] as well as Florian Cynk, Aleksander Gryglewski and Leopold Loeffler, member of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. The main building based on a neoclassical design by architect Maciej Moraczewski was erected in today's Matejko Square in 1879. In 1893–95 its principal was a broadly educated Władysław Łuszczkiewicz (another teacher of Jan Matejko and later, his close associate) who also served as conservator of architectural monuments in the city.[4]

Following the death of Jan Matejko in 1893, the next ASP President elected in 1895 was Julian Fałat, who remained at his post until 1909. Fałat gave the Academy a new direction by hiring new art instructors associated with contemporary Western art approaches and associated painters such as Teodor Axentowicz, Jacek Malczewski (the father of Polish Symbolism), Jan Stanisławski, Leon Wyczółkowski, Konstanty Laszczka, Józef Mehoffer, Stanisław Wyspiański (one of first in Europe to work in all genres), Wojciech Weiss, and Józef Pankiewicz among others.[5][6]

On the 100th anniversary of its founding, in 1979, the Academy was named for Jan Matejko, its founder and first president, who contributed greatly to its artistic legacy.

In 2008 the Academy joined Icograda (the International Council of Graphic Design Associations) and became that organization's first educational member in Poland.


The School of Fine Arts (director)

  • 1873–1893: Jan Matejko
  • 1893–1895: Władysław Łuszczkiewicz (acting rector)
  • 1895–1900: Julian Fałat

The Jan Matejko Acadmy of Fine Arts in Kraków (rector)

  • 1900–1909: Julian Fałat (till 1905 director of The Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts)
  • 1909–1910: Leon Wyczółkowski
  • 1910–1911: Teodor Axentowicz
  • 1911–1912: Konstanty Laszczka
  • 1912–1914: Jacek Malczewski
  • 1914–1918: Józef Mehoffer
  • 1918–1919: Wojciech Weiss
  • 1919–1922: Józef Gałęzowski
  • 1922–1927: Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz
  • 1927–1928: Teodor Axentowicz
  • 1928–1929: Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz
  • 1929–1931: Konstanty Laszczka
  • 1931–1932: Fryderyk Pautsch
  • 1932–1933: Józef Mehoffer
  • 1933–1936: Wojciech Weiss
  • 1936–1939: Fryderyk Pautsch
  • 1945–1949: Eugeniusz Eibisch (till 1947 active rector)
  • 1949–1950: Zbigniew Pronaszko
  • 1950–1951: Zygmunt Radnicki
  • 1951–1952: Konrad Srzednicki
  • 1952–1954: Mieczysław Wejman
  • 1954–1967: Czesław Rzepiński
  • 1967–1972: Mieczysław Wejman
  • 1972–1980: Marian Konieczny
  • 1980–1987: Włodzimierz Kunz
  • 1987–1993: Jan Szancenbach
  • 1993–1996: Włodzimierz Kunz
  • 1996–2002: Stanisław Rodziński
  • 2002–2008: Jan Pamuła
  • 2008–2012: Adam Wsiołkowski
  • 2012–2020: Stanisław Tabisz
   since 2020: Andrzej Bednarczyk

Strategy (2021-2030)[edit]

The mission of the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków is to practice creativity in the fields of art, design, and conservation, as well as transferring knowledge and creative competences, spreading culture, and taking care of heritage. The most important objective is to create conditions for the development of the entire academic community and the well-being of the society at large.

Objectives and development areas

The Academy focuses on CREATIVITY – we aspire to be a creative work environment that supports the university community in their professional, artistic and scientific development.

The Academy bolsters EDUCATION – we strive to ensure that the educational process and the organization of work adapt to the variety of needs and new phenomena.

The Academy develops RELATIONS – the Academy of Fine Arts will create a space conducive to meetings and exchanges.

The Academy nurtures its LEGACY – the Academy of Fine Arts will collect and disseminate its achievements.


19th-century etching of the Academy, then named the "Kraków School of Drawing and Painting"
  • Faculty of Painting
    • Department of Painting
    • Department of Drawing
    • Department of Additional Specializations
    • Department of Stage Design
  • Faculty of Sculpture
    • Department of Sculpture (I, II)
    • Department of Drawing
    • Department of Architecture-Sculpture Design
  • Faculty of Interior Design
  • Faculty of Intermedia
  • Faculty of Industrial Design
    • Department of Visual Communication
    • Department of Product Design
  • Faculty of Graphic Arts
    • Department of Graphic Arts
    • Department of Graphic Design
    • Department of Drawing and Painting
  • Faculty of Art Conservation
  • Interdisciplinary Department of Art History

Notable faculty members[edit]

Notable graduates[edit]

Teodor Axentowicz
Julian Fałat
Jacek Malczewski
Jan Matejko
Leon Wyczółkowski
Stanisław Wyspiański, Autoportret.jpg
Selfportraits of leading professors and graduates

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://bip-old.asp.krakow.pl/userfiles/file/aktualno%C5%9B%C4%87i/Statut%20uchwalony%20przez%20senat%2021%20marca%202017.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ "Franciszek Ksawery Lampi (1782 - 1852)". Informacje o twórcy. Dom Aukcyjny Agra-Art. October 2012. Archived from the original on February 3, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2012. Skłócony z ojcem, w 1814 wyjechał na Węgry, skąd ok. 1815 przybył do Polski i zamieszkał w Warszawie.
  3. ^ "Jan Nepomucen Głowacki". Malarstwo polskie XIX wieku. Katalog zbiorów Muzeum Narodowego w Krakowie (in Polish). Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie. 2001. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  4. ^ Nina Kinitz (October 8, 2009). "Sztuka zrodzona z historycznej pasji – obrazy Władysława Łuszczkiewicza". Malarstwo. Realizm (in Polish). Polskie muzy. Archived from the original on April 16, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  5. ^ Irena Kossowska (October 2002). "Jacek Malczewski". Symbolizm w polskim malarstwie przełomu XIX i XX wieku (in Polish). Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk. Culture.pl. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  6. ^ Marcin Grota (1996). "Malczewski's Mythology". Malczewski exhibition at the Czartoryski Museum (Warsaw Voice review). University of Buffalo. Info.Poland. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  7. ^ (PDF). pp. 498–499 http://www.gravitram.com/Gravitram/Famous%20works%20of%20Art/Master%20Chronological%20List.pdf. {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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