Mature for art. Polish wartime losses and revindication

2022-04-08, 11:00 a.m.
Even though much time has passed since the end of World War II, there are still tens of thousands of cultural assets considered lost. Finding and restitution of looted or lost works of art is a difficult and laborious process. It involves constant monitoring of the local and foreign art market, searching private and public collections, as well as cooperation with diplomatic missions and organizations such as Interpol.


The lecture will be devoted to such figures as Karol Estreicher and Stanisław Lorenz, who conducted research on wartime losses, invaluable to Polish culture, and pioneered restitution activities. During the class, the lecturer will also discuss examples of works that have returned to Polish collections after many years of absence in recent decades.


The lecture works as an introduction to the exhibition “Unwanted capital. Architecture and urban planning in Krakow during the German occupation of 1939–1945”.


The lecture will take place on April 8, 2022 at 11.00 in the Ravens Hall of the International Cultural Centre, 25 Main Market Square. Free admission. The lecture will also be streamed live via Zoom. In order to receive a virtual invitation, please send your application to the following address:



Dr Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk – a graduate of the interdisciplinary doctoral studies Society - Technology - Environment. She specialises in cultural education and works as an independent curator. She conducts research on the concept of sculpture and the issue of opening a work of art to the viewer in Katarzyna Kobro's work. On a daily basis, she works at the branch of the Pilecki Institute in Berlin.


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