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Archiwum Profesor Ireny Huml. Warsztat badacza i krytyka sztuk

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Archive of Professor Irena Huml. Workshop of a Scholar and Art Critic
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Tekst opisuje archiwum jakie przez pond 60 lat aktywnej pracy historyka i krytyka sztuka zgromadziła prof. Irena Huml. Ta wybitna badaczka polskiej sztuki użytkowej XX wieku oraz specjalistka z zakresu tzw. „sztuki przedmiotu” przez całe życie zawodowe związana była z Instytutem Sztuki PAN w Warszawie. Archiwum prof. Ireny Huml dokumentuje nie tylko zainteresowania naukowe badaczki, ale wiele mówi o jej warsztacie i metodach pracy. Liczy sobie 277 jednostek archiwalnych. Na ten zasób składają się unikalne, gromadzone latami w czasie pracy badawczej druki (katalogi wystaw, foldery, plakaty), fotografie prac, czasem zdjęcia artystów przy pracy, rękopisy i maszynopisy tekstów na temat ich twórczości, w tym również te nie publikowane, jak również wywiady, anegdoty i korespondencję, często o charakterze prywatno-zawodowym.
A description of the archive kept by Prof. Irena Huml for over 60 years of her activity as historian and art critic. This eminent researcher dealing with Polish twentieth-century applied arts and a specialist on so-called art of objects linked her entire professional life with the Institute of Art at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. The private archive, collected for years, was posthumously handed over to the Special Collections at the afore-mentioned Institute of Art. The Prof. Irena Huml archive documents not solely the scholar’s scientific interests but also says a lot about her methods of work. Almost half of the total of archival units is composed of paper folders containing information about artists and designers dealing with applied arts. The resources in question include unique prints amassed for years in the course of scientific studies (exhibition catalogues, folders, posters), photographs of assorted artworks, sometime photographs of artists at work, manuscripts and typescripts of texts concerning their oeuvre, including unissued material, as well as interviews, anecdotes, and correspondence, often private-professional. One of the folios contains exclusively catalogues and photographs, others – handwritten biographies, projects, and letters, whose considerable parts refer to professional plans and conducted work, intermingled with information about private life, descriptions of vacations and the daily travails of an artist active at the time of the socialist shortage economy and associated difficulties with obtaining material indispensable for work. Further folios of the archival resource consist of material concerning Prof. Huml’s scientific work and organisational activity (i.a. a fond on the Gallery functioning alongside the Warsaw branch of the Women’s League): folios containing exhibition scenarios, and synopses of lectures and books).
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