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Artist House Kadenówka

Kadenówka was designed in 1932 by a writer, poet and architect Adam Kaden, the co-founder of the Rabka-Zdrój health resort. Kadenówka presents a combination of architectural styles predating the First World War; the shape of the building recalls a mixture of Zakopane and modernism, with elements of the Hutsul. The building is formed of three stories, with a stone foundation and a tiled, gable roof. The dominant interior element, that determines the character of Kadenówka, is an open hall that breaks through to the first floor, with a bright, wooden, wrap around gallery. The building is one of the few preserved examples of regional wooden architecture in southern Małopolska.

Over the years Kadenówka was visited by poet Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, members of the Cricot Theatre, composer Karol Szymanowski, and photographer Zofia Rydet. In the 1970s, due to nationalisation, Kadenówka was taken from the Kaden family and was given to the cardiac department of the Rabka-Zdrój hospital to house its employees. 

In 2014, artist Paulina Olowska together with Milovan Farronato and Fiorucci Art Trust hosted the first artist meeting under the title "Mycology Theatre" (second and third edition of which took place in 2017 and 2019). Later Olowska decided to turn the house into a heritage monument, artist residency and a meeting place for art, folklore and poetry. In 2019, the Artist House Kadenówka Foundation was established.

Adam Kaden (1888-1940) - writer, poet, author of satires, lyrical texts and dramas, as well as a painter and designer of stained glass and furniture; studied medicine, Polish studies and painting; from 1918 to 1929 he managed the Rabka Bathing House.