The archives collected by Jasia Reichardt at Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz

We are very happy to announce that the archive created by Jasia Reichardt, writer on art and exhibition organiser, is already available at the library of Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. Art ephemera -  collection built over the last 60 years is now open to public and research use.

 

WHY EPHEMERA?

Often the most basic research material is what we throw away: a newspaper cutting, an invitation, leaflet, press release, advertisement, a catalogue ― something that belongs to a specific time and place, and appears not to be of value.

Jasia Reichardt, began collecting art ephemera in 1958, when she started writing about art. Many years later one of her archives ended up in the National Gallery of Australia, one at the Getty, one in Berlin, and one, which keeps on growing in leaps and bounds at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. This archive has its roots in the 1960s when Jasia started sending duplicates of her collection to the then director, Ryszard Stanisławski. Her own archive of art and technology, individual artists and the avant-garde is in London. What she has been collecting for Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź is international in scope, but the language is principally English. The collection includes subjects, such as painting, sculpture, drawing; museums and art centres; national exhibitions and collections; crafts; art movements; art colleges, prize exhibitions; art of different decades; auction catalogues, as well as catalogues and books of individual artists.

Despite the fact that ideal accommodation of this material has not so far been achieved, researchers are welcome to come to consult this very rich collection. To arrange a visit, please contact: Library and Department of Scientific Documentation, phone: (00 48 42) 639 12 52, e-mail:  biblioteka@msl.org.pl 

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