Władysław Strzemiński's Theory of Vision and New Organisation of Arts Museums by Marian Minich or How to Perceive the Art

ms2, Ogrodowa 19
Thursday, 21st January, at 18.00 hrs.

A lecture accompanying the exhibition ‘School years. Beginnings of the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź’.

The Theory of Vision, although written as a summary of the classes on the history of art at the Łódź Academy of Fine Arts, is still rooted in the pre-war theoretical work by Władysław Strzemiński. At that time, Strzemiński was not only an animator of new trends in arts: his efforts also led to the establishment of the International Collection of Modern Art, deposited at the Łódź Museum in 1931.

Four years later, a Lvov art historian, Marian Minich, took charge over the Łódź Museum. Under his directorship, the exposition was composed as a systematic lecture on the history of art. This new vision was subsequently described in the article ‘Towards new organisation of art museum’, published in 1966.

The views of Strzemiński and Minich, both being strong creative personalities, often clashed. At a time, both of them used to set new perspectives in both the history of art and the museology. What were Strzemiński’s and Minich’s ideas behind the re-working of the history of art? Which works were the subjects of Strzemiński’s lectures? What were Minich’s views on the concept of the art gallery? And finally, one should ask, why modern art was so important in their concepts? These are only a handful of questions to be tacked during a popular public lecture by Paulina Kurc-Maj.

Paulina Kurc-Majan art historian and a curator at the Department of Modern Art of the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. Her research interest focus on the 20th century art, in particular of the interwar period. Paulina Kurc-Maj was the co-author of the following exhibitions: Afterimages of Life. Wladyslaw Strzeminski and rights for art (with Jarosław Lubiak, MSL, 2010/11), Un Mundo Construido: Polonia 1918-1939 (with Juan Manuel Bonet, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Mardid, 2011) as well as Dada Impulse. Egidio Marzona Collection (with Paweł Polit, 2015). Most recently, she was in charge of the exhibition Changing the Field of View. Modern Printing and the Avant-garde and its catalogue (Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, 2014), as well as the co-editor (with Daniel Muzyczuk) of the post-conference publication entitled A Machine for Communicating. Around the Avant-garde Idea of New Typography (2015).

Admission free.



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