A biographic and historical exhibition, located in the rooms on the ground floor of the artist’s house, presents the great painter’s legacy, including such personal memorabilia as: the birth certificate from the Roman Catholic Parish in Tuligłowy from 1882, the certificate of completion of the first school term of the third grammar school year in Przemyśl from 1869, fragments of handwritten diaries presenting in detail the years of his youth, the home village of Tuligłowy together with the surrounding nature which contributed to his sensitivity and fondness for nature as well as his family house where he would experience the moments of artistic mood and inspiration stimulating his mind. There are also the artist’s photographs from Zurich (1873), where he went in search for work, and from his stay in Warsaw (1882-1884), where he started cooperation with the press, printing his drawings. What is also interesting are the archives related to his closest family, including: Julian Falat’s future wife’s, Maria Luiza Comello’s passport from 1889, necessary for their trips to Austria, Germany and Russia, as well as photographs of his children, numerous letters, diplomas, and medals showing appreciation for the artist’s achievements at international and national art exhibitions. The oldest one is the letter by the Society of Friends of Arts of the Seine-et-Oise Department awarding the painter a silver medal for the works exhibited at Versailles – dated 26th August 1880. Among the Polish ones, the most important is the letter by the Association for the Promotion of Fine Arts from 1884 regarding the financial award granted to Falat for two watercolour paintings: Toller and Charcoal Burners. It is also worth paying attention to letters concerning the most significant stages of his life: his work as the k.k. director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and the functioning of the latter, as well as his other public functions, including the position of the director of the Department of Culture and Arts in the government of Antoni Ponikowski, his involvement in the restoration of Polish cultural life in Pomerania and his last years spent in Bystra as well as his social and patriotic activity. What attracts attention are the souvenirs from the journey around the world which Julian Falat went on in 1885 and the archival material related to painting the panorama of Berezyna (together with W. Kossak) in 1894-1896. All of this is complemented by Julian Falat’s paintings with the images of his relatives, friends and acquaintances as well as sculptures presenting his family members made by his contemporaries.
“Falat’s legacy” has been presented in a new form including multimedia, which provides free access to the biographical facts. The material collected in appropriate display cabinets with drawers allows one to freely explore the museum resources, establish better contact with the exhibition and get to know more about the artist. It also encourages visitors to keep coming back to that place and “recapturing” their own emotions and feelings. They may freely chose interesting stages of the artist’s life and work in various places of the exhibition.
In the six rooms on the second floor, made available on the artist’s 160th birth anniversary in 2013, there is an exhibition called Julian Falat – a painter and art collector, presenting his paintings, drawings and graphics which complement the interior design of the artist’s house where he spent his last years and which from 1973 has been used as a biographic museum.