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- Author Stanisław Wyspiański (1869—1907)
- Date of production 1904
- Place of creation Kraków, Poland
- Dimensions height: 26 cm, width: 34 cm, depth: 29 cm
- ID no. MHK-864/VI
- Branch The Cross House
- Object copyright Historical Museum of the City of Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
This mock-up is one of the most valuable objects in the collections of HMK, related to the scenographic activity of Stanisław Wyspiański. As an experienced theatre practitioner and stage director of his dramas, Wyspiański made scenography sketches, decorations, and costume designs, as well as mock-ups.more
This mock-up is one of the most valuable objects in the collections of HMKHMK, related to the scenographic activity of Stanisław Wyspiański. As an experienced theatre practitioner and stage director of his dramas, Wyspiański made scenography sketches, decorations, and costume designs, as well as mock-ups. This is the only preserved model of the first act of Legend II, made by Stanisław Wyspiański in 1904 in Lviv. It was created during the preparations for the premiere of Legend II (directed by Ludwik Solski) which took place on 26 January 1905 at the Municipal Theatre in Lviv. During the construction of the model, a friend of Wyspiański, Stanisław Eljasz-Radzikowski, helped him. Zenon Parvi, a relative of Wyspiański, recalled this period:
“In June 1904, when I was in Lviv, I visited Wyspiański living in the European Hotel and busy building a scene from cardboard, complete in the smallest details, which was to be in the Lviv theatre for the Legend exhibition. In gluing this scene, cutting out paper decorations and paper people, Wyspiański was helped by his friend, Stanisław Eljasz-Radzikowski PhD, and Mr. Ludwik Solski, then director of the Lviv stage (Wyspiański in the eyes of contemporaries, edited by L. Płoszewski, Kraków 1971, vol. I, pp. 39–40).”
The mock-up is a three-dimensional realisation of Wyspiański's drawings, showing the set design for the first act of Legend II. It presents the Wawel wooden chamber in four plans, at the same time presenting an innovative way for Wyspiański to compose a multi-dimensional set design. The first plan — in the likeness of the framework of the stage — depicts a roof made of beams and struts, reinforced in the middle part by a second analogous structure, with oblique hurdles on the side. The second plan — the interior of the room with a window in the left wall — has a raised shutter with a bench beneath it. On the right, there is a semi-circular entrance with a rectangular door, next to a fireplace with a hearth. In the rear wall, we can see a semi-circular entrance hole with the type of portal finished with a peak. The third plan consists of an indoor porch with a carved balustrade. The fourth plan shows sections of Wawel buildings with a tower covered by a tent roof in the middle; the background — painted in watercolour — is a view of the Vistula.
Wyspiański used innovative solutions for the construction of decorations; namely, he painted the backstage and prospects on various plans, creating the effect of depth. The model is an example of Wyspiański's innovative approach to the composition of the stage space, consisting of the creation of three-dimensional architectural decorations — which marked a departure from flat painting decorations — and was then a novelty in the Polish theatre.
Elaborated by Małgorzata Palka (Historical Museum of the City of Kraków), © all rights reserved