„Historical Libraries of Religious and Ethnic Minorities”
took place on 22-23 September 2022 at the Ossolineum in Wrocław.
Amongst those paintings from the Lanckoroński Collection which after the Second World War were sold on the European art market, are three, kindly lent by their present owners for the first of the two exhibitions. They are: Saint George and the Dragon by Paolo Uccello (owned presently by the National Gallery in London), acquired originally by Count Karol Lanckoroński prior to 1892; Portrait of a 21 year-old Woman by a follower of Bartholomaeus Bruyn the Elder (today the property of the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill), purchased by the count in 1885 at an auction of the possessions of his close acquaintance, the artist Hans Makart, who died in 1884; and A Group in a Park by Barend Graat, earlier in the collection of the last King of Poland, Stanislas August (now belonging to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam). All three were amongst the most outstanding works which once belonged to the Viennese collection of the Lanckoroński family.
Guests were also invited to visit the Wawel’s third exhibition, entitled ‘Wyczółkowski Found’, presenting the painting A Highland Girl, sometimes also called A Country Lass in a Yellow Shawl, which was stolen during the Second World War having been earlier donated to the Royal Castle as part of the Wawel Foundation of Count Leon Piniński, founded in 1931.
The centre of the Polish Academy of Science in Vienna, which for years has hosted recipients of scholarships from the Lanckoronski Foundation, this year initiated a project entitled ‘Young Researchers Take the Lead’. This is being done in co-operation with the Foundation as well as the Polish Academy of Learning in Kraków. Its aim is to show scholarship holders to a wide audience, and highlight the importance of establishing contacts with Austrian academic institutions as an important milestone on the road to realizing their scholarly ambitions. ‘Young Researchers Take the Lead’ is a cycle of filmed interviews with scholarship holders, who briefly, though with passion, humour and perspicacity, describe their current research projects, plans associated with their time spent in Vienna, and greatest ambitions in their chosen field.
The presentation may be viewed on YouTube channel:
† With deep sadness the Foundation regrets the loss of its long-standing member, Stanisław August Morawski, who died in Rome on December 23rd at the age of ninety seven. The funeral took place there on December 27th. His contribution to Polish culture, in particular that of the émigré Polish community in Italy, was of great significance.
Dr Olga Linkiewicz of the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences received the Kazimierz Moczarski City of Warsaw History Award for her book “Locality and Nationalism. Rural communities in Eastern Galicia in the interwar period”, published with the support of the Lanckoronski Foundation (see: News – New Publications 2018).
The Kazimierz Moczarski City of Warsaw History Award, established in December 2018 by the Warsaw City Council, is a continuation of the award created in 2009 for the best book on the history of Poland. The project is coordinated by the History Meeting House – the Cultural Institution of the City of Warsaw, as well as by the Kazimierz and Zofia Moczarski Foundation. The award promotes the most important publications and best authors. It is a tribute to the memory of Kazimierz Moczarski, a journalist, lawyer and Home Army soldier who was imprisoned after the war on charges of anti-communist activity. Moczarski wrote the well-known “Rozmowy z katem” (“Conversations with an executioner”), which was translated into many languages.
With regard to the interview given by Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski in the weekly magazine ‘Wprost’ (no 41) dated 7-13 October 2019, as well as in the newspaper ‘Gazeta Polska’ of 9 October 2019, The Ciechanowiecki Collections Foundation, The Ciechanowiecki Foundation and The Lanckoronski Foundation, would like to publish the following declaration.
We feel obliged to inform public opinion about the situation and circumstances and to declare emphatically that appropriate legal steps will be taken in the event of further examples of similar behaviour on the part of Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski.
The Ciechanowiecki Collections Foundation
The Ciechanowiecki Foundation, London
The Lanckoronski Foundation
The most relevant sources:
J.Woźniak, Droga do wolnej Polski, Wrocław 2011, s.102-104;
W.Frazik, Emisariusz Wolnej Polski. Biografia polityczna Wacława Felczaka (1916-1993) Kraków 2013; s.420-443;
A.Friszke, Między wojną a więzieniem 1945-1953. Młoda Inteligencja Katolicka, Warszawa 2014, s. 219-241.
Andrzej Ciechanowiecki’s correspondence given after his death to The Ciechanowiecki Collections Foundation.