“Difficult comeback. Altar of Wit Stoss "

2021-12-09, 6:00 p.m.
Difficult comeback. Altar of Wit Stoss
On December 9, the International Cultural Centre invited to a meeting with Agata Wolska and Stanisław Waltoś, devoted to the history of the return of the Wit Stwosz Altar to Krakow.

The guests of the meeting talked about the multi-layered history of the restitution of St. Mary's Altar to Krakow, robbed at the beginning of World War II by the German Nazis. The Wit Stwosz altar has become a symbol of the plunder of Polish monuments. Its history was presented against the broader background of efforts to compensate for lost cultural goods and political complications in creating the Allied program of returning works of art to their countries of origin.

Chaired by Justyna Nowicka.
The meeting held on December 9 at 6.00 pm in the Ravens Room of the International Cultural Centre, Rynek Główny 25. The transmission with translation into Polish Sign Language is available on the FB MCK profile and You Tube.

Agata Wolska - independent researcher, author of the book “Zagrabiony, recovered. The history of the altar's return welcomes Stoss to Krakow. " Vice-president for substantive matters of the Zofia and Jan Włodek. For many years, until 2018, she was in charge of the Archives and Collections of St. Mary's Basilica in Krakow. Scholarship holder of the Kościuszko Foundation and the Lanckoroński Foundation. In his research, he focuses on the history and contexts of looting and restitution of cultural works. As part of the cooperation of the Zofia and Jan Włodków together with the Institute of Art History of the Jagiellonian University is organizing a series of interdisciplinary lectures on the problems of provenance research. She received a master's degree in art history and a doctorate in history from the Jagiellonian University.

Stanisław Waltoś - Polish lawyer and academic teacher, professor of legal sciences, legal theorist, specialist in the field of the history of law and criminal procedure. Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, full professor at the Jagiellonian University, long-term head of the Criminal Procedure Department at the Faculty of Law of the Jagiellonian University, in the years 1977–2011 director of the Jagiellonian University Museum. In the 90s, an expert, incl. Council of Europe. Participant of work on penal codifications from 1997, initiator of introducing the institution of an anonymous witness and a crown witness into the Polish criminal procedure. In 2000-2002, a member of the Legislative Council at the Prime Minister. In the years 2004-2006 chairman of the Criminal Law Codification Committee, in 2009-2015 a member of this committee. Chairman of the Scientific Council of the National Institute Ossoliński. Author of about four hundred publications, incl. of the book "Grabież Ołtarza by Wit Stwosza", published in 2015.

Justyna Nowicka - journalist of Radio Kraków. Classical philologist, enthusiast of shows, visual arts and contemporary music. She talked, among others with Magdalena Abakanowicz, Czesław Miłosz, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mirosław Bałka and Luke Tuymans, Krystian Lupa, Jan Klata, Wilhelm Sasnal. Co-author of documentary books about the history of the Krakow Opera and Polish Radio in Krakow.

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