The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw – was meant to rise in a couple of years on Defilad Square in front of the Palace of Culture, designed by the Swiss architect Christian Kerez. Instead it moves to the former furnitute pavilion “Emilia” – itself a landmark of socialist-modernist architecture in Poland.
The Museum engages in modern art research programs, gradually expanding its offer to the audiences. The focus is on visual arts, graphic design, industrial design, and architecture. The major goal of the Museum is to acquire a collection of artworks to be presented in the new building.
During the first five years of its activity, the Museum presented over thirty exhibitions, which were organized in its quarters and in other venues in Warsaw, all over Poland and abroad.
Since 2009, at end of October and beginning of November each year, the Museum hosts the Warsaw Under Construction city design festival. Each edition focuses on a different set of architecture and urban planning issues. Since 2013 it has been organized in collaboration with the Museum of Warsaw.
Exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw are accompanied by an educational program, which usually includes series of lectures, debates and seminars. Those events fill the Open Museum program, and its subsequent editions provide a commentary on the particular exhibitions. Alongside that, the education department offers a wide array of activities for kids and teenagers, popular among individual visitors as well as institutions such as schools and universities from Warsaw and from other parts of the country.