▷ Colorful Krakow cribs get the Düsseldorf audience in the mood for Christmas / …

10.12.2021 – 13:47

Polish Institute Düsseldorf

Dusseldorf (ots)

The Museum of the City of Krakow, the Hetjens – German Ceramics Museum Düsseldorf and the Polish Institute Düsseldorf invite you to the exhibition “Cracow nativity scene. A glamorous Christmas tradition “ from November 25, 2021 to January 30, 2022 in the Hetjens Museum.

The tradition of the Kraków Christmas cribs arose at the beginning of the 19th century in the historic capital of Poland, which, with its numerous monuments, is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for crib builders. Each nativity scene is a miniature version of the historical architecture of Krakow and shows, among other things, St. Mary’s Church, Wawel Castle and the Cloth Hall. Wood, cardboard and colored, gilded paper are used as materials for the construction of the nativity scenes. A modest stable with the baby Jesus in a manger is almost non-existent in Krakow nativity scenes. Kraków’s Christmas cribs are colorful structures adorned with gold that can compete with any fairytale castle.

The exhibition in the Hetjens Ceramics Museum in Düsseldorf presents 20 historical and contemporary Krakow cribs from the collections of the Museum of the City of Krakow. as well as from the most famous crib farmers and families. The city of Krakow is also indirectly the subject of the exhibition, because the nativity scenes represent the city’s architecture in a fairytale-like manner, together with characters from its history and legends.

During the exhibition, the organizers invite visitors to guided tours through the exhibition and to nativity-building workshops for children and adults under the guidance of a Krakow nativity set maker. Organizers: Museum of the City of Krakow, Polish Institute Düsseldorf, Hetjens – German Ceramics Museum. Funding: Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation.

Hetjens – State capital Düsseldorf (duesseldorf.de)


“Cracow nativity scene. Splendid Christmas tradition”, curator of the exhibition: Dr. Wilko Beckmann, Museum Hetjens, November 25th, 2021 to January 30th, 2022, Hetjens – German Ceramic Museum Düsseldorf

Press contact:

Andrzej Kolinski
PR, Polish Institute Düsseldorf
[email protected]
Tel. +492118669612

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