IRSA Foundation Projects 2017

IRSA Foundation Projects 2017



In 2017 the IRSA Foundation published two issues of the ARTIBUS ET HISTORIAE journal:

  • no. 75, XXXVIII, appeared in June 2017
  • no. 76, XXXVIII, appeared in December 2017

Copies of both of this year’s issues of ARTIBUS ET HISTORIAE (75/2017 and 76/2017) were donated to numerous libraries affiliated with cultural and research institutions, e.g. The Professor Lech Kalinowski Library at the Institute of Art History of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, the library of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, the library of the Catholic University in Lublin, and the library of the Lviv Art Gallery.


Catalogue of the Prof. Zdzisław Żygulski jr. Library

A book collection of the late of Prof.  Zdzisław Żygulski jr., that was acquired by the IRSA Foundation, will be made available by to interested researchers. This collection includes many rare and valuable items, in particular in the field related to weapons. The Library  holdings were organized and cataloged. A separate room in the same building where the IRSA Foundation is located was  acquired for the collection and the Library reading room.

February 14th-19th

Members of IRSA Foundation at the College Art Association congress in New York

Participation of the IRSA Foundation in the 106th annual College Art Association conference in New York. The publications of the IRSA Publishing House were  exhibited at a separate stand during a book fair that accompanied the conference. The magazine ARTIBUS ET HISTORIAE and books on contemporary art, the Polish Renaissance and a collection of essays by Dr Józef Grabski were particularly popular.  IRSA was represented by the editors: Agnieszka Smołucha-Sładkowska and Weronika Drohobycka-Grzesiak.

The Chair of the IRSA Foundation at the stand of IRSA Publishing House

February 20th – March 1st

Meeting in the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles

The Chair of the IRSA Foundation Dr Józef Grabski and the Founder Maria Grabski participated in a meeting with the director of the Getty Research Institute Prof. Thomas W. Gaehtgens in Los Angeles. As a result of this meeting, Dr Józef Grabski was appointed a consultant in the recruitment process for candidates from Poland, applying for scholarships and grants from The Getty Research Institute.

Meeting in Taube Philantropies office in Belmont, CA

The founder of the IRSA Foundation Maria Grabski together with the Chair of the Foundation Dr Józef Grabski met in the office of the Taube Philanthropies with its founder and President Thaddeus N. Taube in Belmont (California). The purpose of the meeting was to establish cooperation between the two foundations for the implementation of publishing projects in the field of culture and art, such as the English translation of Rachel Wischnitzer’s unique book on symbolism in Jewish art, published in Berlin in 1935. The print-run of this fundamental work was destroyed almost entirely by the Nazis. An English edition will be prepared by the IRSA Institute based on one of a few surviving  copies.

April 7th

Polish artists in China

Following  a cooperation agreement between the Great Wall of China Organization and the IRSA Foundation, plein-air painting sessions for Polish artists in China are being prepared. The IRSA Foundation invited the Polish Watercolor Society (S.A.P.) to cooperate in organizing Polish-Chinese plein-air sessions. During a working meeting of the S.A.P. representatives, which took place at the IRSA headquarters in Krakow, the presidents of both organizations – Ryszard Rogala (S.A.P.) and Dr Józef Grabski (IRSA) made preliminary arrangements for future locations in China.

Meeting of the representatives of the Polish Watercolor Society (S.A.P) headed by its president Ryszard Rogala and members of the Great Wall of China Organization with its general director Han Guo Wei at the seat of IRSA.

June 2nd

Donation of books made to the Library of the Art History Institute of the John Paul II Pontifical University

The IRSA Foundation donated 154 books on the history of Polish and world art to the Library of the Institute of Art History of the John Paul II Pontifical University.

Donation to Muzeum Lwowa i Kresów Południowo-Wschodnich in Kuklówka Radziejowicka

The IRSA Foundation has donated a large collection of books related to the topic of the former Polish south-eastern borderlands to the Muzeum Lwowa i Kresów Południowo-Wschodnich (Museum of Lviv and the Former South-Eastern Borderlands) in Kuklówka Radziejowicka. In this way, a cooperation was established between IRSA and this cultural institution.


Publication of a book by Achille Bonito Oliva

A Polish translation of the book L’Ideologia del tradittore written by the Italian art historian and art critic Achille Bonito Oliva was published by IRSA as Ideologia zdrajcy. Sztuka, maniera, manieryzm. The book was translated by Mateusz Salwa.

Achille Bonito Oliva with a Polish edition of his book L’Ideologia del tradittore published by IRSA as  Ideologia zdrajcy. Sztuka, maniera, manieryzm, Cracow  2017

July 6th

Exhibition John III Sobieski. A Polish King in Vienna,  Vienna

Representatives of the IRSA Foundation were present at the opening of the international exhibition John III Sobieski. Polish King in Vienna at the Winterpalais, Belvedere Museum in Vienna.


A documentary Jerzy Tchórzewski. Świadectwo czasu

The IRSA Foundation produced a documentary Jerzy Tchórzewski. Świadectwo czasu (Jerzy Tchórzewski. Testimony of Time), dedicated to the work of the painter Jerzy Tchórzewski, realized in cooperation with the artist’s son, the director Krzysztof Tchórzewski and the National Film Archive. The film was co-financed by the National Center for Culture.

October 5th

Meeting of the Supervisory Board of the Lviv National Gallery of Art

During a meeting of the Supervisory Board of the Lviv National Gallery of Art in Lviv Dr. Józef Grabski discussed the possibilities of cooperation between the IRSA Foundation and the Gallery  in the organization of exhibitions as well as joint publications.

Dr Józef Grabski during a meeting of the Supervisory Board of
the Lviv National Gallery of Art

October 6th

Exhibition about the Lubomirski Museum in Lviv

Józef Grabski was present at the opening of the exhibition ‘The Lubomirski Museum. (Un)forgotten history’ in the Lviv National Gallery of Art.

Dr Józef Grabski, consul general of Poland and
director of the Lviv National Gallery of Art, Taras Voznyak

October 9th

Members of the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Foundation with a visit to IRSA Foundation

Prof. Thomas Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Center, visited the offices of the IRSA Foundation in Plac Matejki 7. He was accompanied by Elizabeth Mansfield and Joan Weinstein. The visit concerned scholarship opportunities for young art historians from Poland, as well as financial support for the ARTIBUS ET HISTORIAE magazine.

November 12th

Conference in memory of Vittorio Cini

A meeting and conference Lo specchio del gusto. Vittorio Cini e il collezionismo d’arte antica nel Novecento in memory of Vittorio Cini, a founder of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, was held in the seat of the foundation in Venice. During the conference, the director of the Art Institute of the Cini Foundation Luca Massimo Barbero invited IRSA to hold a conference to celebrate its  40th anniversary  at the seat of the Cini Foundation on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

Meeting and conference Lo specchio del gusto.
Vittorio Cini e il collezionismo d’arte antica nel Novecento

November 15th

Meeting with the Chair of Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche

At the invitation of Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche  the Chair of the IRSA Foundation Dr Józef Grabski met with the president and founder of Fondazione Benetton Luciano Benetton and members of its advisory committee headed by Lionello Puppi professor at Ca’Foscari University in Venice, at the seat of the Benetton Foundation in Treviso.


The special Marian Sokołowski Award funded by IRSA

The IRSA Foundation funded a Special Award (in the amount of 1 500 PLN) as a part of the Marian Sokołowski Prize, for the author of the best MA thesis in art history written at Cracow universities in the 2016/2017 academic year. In 2017 the IRSA award went to Mirosław Płonka, MA, for his thesis entitled, ‘Finis theatri sacri? Influence of the Councils of Trent and Vatican II liturgical reforms on para-theatrical elements of cultural heritage of the Roman Church’, written under supervision of Prof. Piotr Krasny.

Official ceremony of presenting the Marian Sokołowski Special Award