Little Big Collections. Bogdan Górecki’s Collection




Little Big Collections Vol. 3!

mia ART GALLERY is proud to host the third presentation of a private collection – and the third exceptional exhibition.

The protagonist of the latest presentation of works is Bogdan Górecki – art historian fascinated with naive art, glass, ceramics, paintings and prints. He created a collection in fascination, while working, travelling, or making friendships.

Incredibly diverse, real, delightful in its honesty. A collection that is ordinary and extraordinary.

It brings together more than three hundred objects, both of museum quality and private evidence of friendships – all equally valuable to the owner.

As the substantive supervisor of the Little Big Collections program, Prof. Waldemar Okoń, writes in his introduction to the exhibition catalogue, “Some collections resemble a silva rerum – a forest of things filled with mysterious content, made up of objects collected accidentally and hastily, gifts from artists, souvenirs of unexpected meetings and sometimes difficult farewells. [...] Bogdan Górecki’s collection contains such a ‘forest of things’, which is now remembered thanks to our exhibition. Numerous paintings, illustrations, drawings, glass and ceramics, folk art and old furniture. It contains the names of well-known artists, such as Hanna Krzetuska, Mira Żelechower-Aleksiun, Eugeniusz Get-Stankiewicz, Zbigniew Karpiński, Alfons Mazurkiewicz, Konrad Jarodzki, Edward Dwurnik, Eugeniusz Geppert, Andrzej Klimczak-Dobrzaniecki, Krystyna Cybińska, Bronisław Wolanin, Henryk Albin Tomaszewski, but also those that art history has forgotten or did not want to remember for reasons unknown...”


Bogdan Górecki (19392018)

Bogdan Górecki was born on 2 February 1939 in Maladzyechna, Belarus. He graduated from secondary school in Zielona Góra. Between 1960 and 1965, he studied art history at the University of Wrocław. He received a diploma in art history for his master’s thesis written under the supervision of Prof. Janina Orosz. Simultaneously with art history, he began studying archaeology of Poland, which he completed in 1967. During his studies, he completed the Film Studies external programme at the Voivodeship Culture Centre in Wrocław (1963–1966). After graduation, he worked as a manager at the Railwaymen’s Community Centre in Wrocław in the Gądów district (1966–1972), the Department of Culture for the city of Wrocław and the Wrocław Voivodeship, and the Bureau of Art Exhibitions. In 1973–1979, he ran the Jatki Fine Arts Studio Gallery, where many interesting exhibitions were held at that time (e.g. The Art of Women, the exhibition of paintings by Hanna Krzetuska). In 1979, he started working in the Bureau of Art Exhibitions as a programme specialist and acting director. In 1983, he was fired after organising an exhibition by Edward Dwurnik, which dealt with the subject of August 1980 and martial law. In 1983, he started working at the National Museum in Wrocław. From 1984 to 1995, on behalf of the Museum, he organised the Polish Section at the International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Faenza (Italy). In 1986, he collaborated with Mariusz Hermansdorfer on organising the Our Gallery series of exhibitions. In 1987, Bogdan Górecki took over the management of the Ceramics and Glass Department at the Gallery of Twentieth Century Art, where he then worked there from 1990 on as a senior curator. Apart from painting, he was interested in ceramics and artistic glass for a long time, in particular the work of artists connected with industrial design. He prepared many exhibitions promoting Bolesławiec stoneware and the work of the outstanding designer Bronisław Wolanin. The summary of his studies on stoneware is a richly illustrated study Bolesławiec “Artistic Ceramics” 1950-2000, Bolesławiec 2000. Among the exhibitions in the field of utility glass, the most noteworthy exhibitions include those of Regina and Aleksander Puchała, designers at the “Julia” glassworks in Szklarska Poręba, Eryka and Jan Drost at the “Ząbkowice” glassworks in Dąbrowa Górnicza, and Stefan Sadowski at the “Sudety” glassworks in Szczytna. The summary of his works in the field of artistic glass is the collection catalogue Twentieth-Century Polish Ceramics and Glass, National Museum, Wrocław 2004, in which he edited the section concerning glass. In 2005, in the nationwide Competition of the Ministry of Culture and Science in the category of achievements in the field of scientific activity, the catalogue received the Sybil Main Prize. The catalogue was accompanied by an exhibition, with Bogdan Górecki acting as commissioner. He retired in 2004, but continued to work with the Museum for many years. He died on 3 March 2018 surrounded by a loving family and friends.


Bogdan Górecki’s Collection

27 November – 14 December 2018


Św. Mikołaja 61-62

50-127 Wrocław

Exhibition author: Bogusław Deptuła

Program substantive supervisor: Prof. Waldemar Okoń

Gallery opening hours:

Tue. – Fri. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sat. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Organiser: mia ART GALLERY

Partners: All That Art! Foundation,,