This magnificent Art Nouveau-style building on Plac Szczepanski is the headquarters of the society of Friends of Fine Arts Society - the oldest organization of this kind in Central Europe, dating from 1854. Built in 1901, its headquarters was Krakow's first Art Nouveau building, but the facade also presents elements of modernity, symbolism and neo-classicism, inspired by the ancient Greek temples, the monumental building conveys its function as a modern-day temple for the worship of the item The gold bas-reliefs of packaging around the outside represent the highs and lows of the creative process, and were executed by the famous "Father of Polish Symbolism" of Jacek Malczewski. Busts of Poland is the most famous contributors to the arts with Jan Matejko
front and center on the Plac Szczepanski side - fill the niches of the facade, and the large head of Apollo crowns the main entrance. Today, the Palace of the Arts remains one of the most prestigious exhibition venues in the city, with regularly changing exhibits of contemporary art.
The Krakow Society of Friends of Fine Arts
(Polish: Towarzystwo Przyjaciol Sztuk Pieknych w Krakowie
, TPSP), is a social group of artists, artisans and their supporters founded in Krakow in 1854, under the Austrian Partition of Poland. Today, the Society operates from the Art Nouveau Palace of Art erected by its own members in 1901 at the Szczepanski Square in Krakow Old Town. After major renovations of the Palace in 1996, the Society organizes local and international art exhibits and numerous other art initiatives.