Mobile Cultural Spaces, 4th Edition. A Travel Into the World of Jan Marcin Szancer’s Imagination

Mobile Cultural Spaces, 4th Edition. A Travel Into the World of Jan Marcin Szancer’s Imagination

“Mobile Cultural Spaces” is a project which has been led by the Galicia Jewish Museum for the last 4 years and is based on creating mobile cultural and educational events related to a broadly understood Jewish heritage. As part of this program, various cultural events are held in towns of Lesser Poland and the Świętokrzyskie area.

The main theme of this year’s edition is the work of a Krakow-born outstanding Polish-Jewish illustrator, Jan Marcin Szancer.

Jan Marcin Szancer (1902-1973) was perhaps the most prominent Polish illustrator of children’s books, who has worked with many, including Jan Brzechwa and Julian Tuwim, the art director of the legendary children’s magazine “Świerszczyk” and a brilliant theater set and costume designer. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. During his artistic career, he illustrated over 200 books, among them “The Academy of Mr. Kleks” by Jan Brzechwa, “The Locomotive” by Julian Tuwim, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales, “Pan Tadeusz” by Adam Mickiewicz, and many more. The characters Szancer created have been remembered by different generations of Poles until today.

The exhibition is aimed at all generations: it does not only engage the youngest visitors, but also their parents and grandparents. The well-known characters such as Mr. Kleks, Marysia the Orphan, or Puss in Boots will tell us more about Jan Marcin Szancer, in the form of a fairytale based on the autobiography of Jan Marcin Szancer, who wrote a two-volume set of his memoirs.

The exhibition will be on display:

  • From August 14th until September 14th, 2022 at the Library in Biecz
  • In September/October in Grybów
  • From October 11th until October 26th, 2022 11-26 października 2022 at the Jan Pazdur Ecomuseum of Nature and Technology in Starachowice

It will be accompanied by educational workshops, meetings with illustrators, and film screenings.



The partners of this project are:


The project was financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland from the Fund for Promoting Culture.