THE CZECH PASSIONS OF JANINA OJRZYŃSKA
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The article describes a collection of contemporary Czech art at the National Museum in Wrocław. The collection was created by Janina Ojrzyńska (1933-2011), curator at the Łódź Art Museum, who in 1973 was a trainee at the National Gallery in Prague. At the time she made the acquaintance of numerous outstanding artists who became her friends. For the next ten years Janina Ojrzyńska continued travelling to Prague, already at her own cost. The outcome of those trips was a considerable collection of small-scale artworks, which she received as gifts. Janina Ojrzysńka presented the collection to the National Museum in Wrocław, heir of Polish museums in her beloved Lwów. The collection totals 197 works by 22 artists and provides a panorama of Czech avant-garde art of the so-called 1960s generation, at the me strongly opposed by the communist authorities of Czechoslovakia. Distressed by prevalent limited familiarity with Czech art, Janina Ojrzyńska organized or initiated 16 exhibitions of Czech artists in Polish museums and galleries.
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