Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. Monograph. Volume I

Book published by the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. Monograph. Volume 1 is devoted to the history of the institution whose core activities continue to focus on the International Modern Art Collection of the a.r. group presented for the first time to the public in the J. & K. Bartoszewicz Museum of History and Art on 15 February 1931. It discusses subsequent milestones in the history of the institution and provides insight into its pre-war (Chapter 1) and post-war development (Chapters 2 and 3).   

The volume includes research essays that present the history of the Museum in a wider historical, political and social contexts written by eminent experts in the history of arts and theory of culture, such as: Nawojka Cieślińska-Lobkowicz, Paulina Kurc-Maj, Prof. Marta Leśniakowska, Dr habil. Iwona Luba, Marta Madejska, Dr Magdalena Moskalewicz, Dr Adam Mazur, Daniel Muzyczuk, Paweł Polit, Konrad Schiller, Dr hab. Andrzej Szczerski, Dr Marcin Szeląg, Agnieszka Szewczyk, Agnieszka Taborska, and Dr Magdalena Ziółkowska.

There are also source materials, many of them published for the first time, originating from the protagonists of the history of the Museum, whose list includes: Marian Minich (director from 1935 until 1965), Jan Brzękowski (member of the “a.r.” group, co-author of the International Modern Art Collection) or Ryszard Stanisławski (director from 1966 until 1990). In 2013 directors: Jaromir Jedliński (director from 1991 until 1996), Nawojka Cieślińska-Lobkowicz (director in 1996), and Mirosław Borusiewicz (director from 1997 until 2006) were interviewed by the editors of the volume about their visions of the development of the Museum, ways of working with the collection and issues faced in everyday museum practice.

The publication also discusses art projects by Jadwiga Sawicka and Agnieszka Piksa developed as a continuation of their works created for the exhibition Eyes Looking for a Head to Inhabit triggered by texts by Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński, and Marysia Lewandowska’s project that continues her work initiated in 2009 within the framework of Tender Museum project (a part of the project Working Title: Archive) this time in dialogue with Ryszard Stanisławski. The narrative proposed in the book is supplemented with archive materials, documents that had never been published before, letters, posters, catalogue covers and a vast selection of photographs that illustrate published papers.

The book makes an attempt to complement the research examining the milestones of the museum’s history based on previously unknown materials and currently available tools.   


Published by Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz
Editing: Aleksandra Jach, Katarzyna Słoboda, Joanna Sokołowska, Magdalena Ziółkowska
Publishing coordinator: Andżelika Bauer
Graphic design and typesetting: Poważne Studio: Małgorzata Frąckiewicz, Tomasz Głowacki, Alicja Kobza

ISBN 978-83-63820-27-5
Published in 2015
Dimensions: 18 x 24,5 x 8 cm
Cover: hardback
Language: Polish 
Number of pages: 878
Illustrations: ca.341 (183 black&white and 158 in colour)

Price: 150 PLN

You can purchase this publication by emailing us at:  ksiegarniams2@msl.org.pl


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