A Polish artist Jozef Robakowski founded the Exchange Gallery in Lodz, Poland in 1978. It was a gallery in name only. Its true function was to unofficially serve as an archive and a meeting place for artists. The materials in the archive were of equal value; they were an expression of independent communication, mutual respect and shared opposition towards the communist regime. In 2003, Robakowski began to prepare a donation of the archive of the Exchange Gallery to the Muzeum Sztuki (Art Museum) in Lodz.