Łukasz Kossowski, Ph.D. Museum of Literature, Warsaw; Polish Institute of World Art Studies

A curator at the Art Department of Warsaw’s Museum of Literature, a grant holder of The British Council and The Lancokoroński Foundation. Moreover, he has served as the advisor to the American Center for Polish Culture in Washington D.C. His academic fascinations cover the art of the turn of the 20th century, symbolism, as well as relations between art and totalitarian regimes. With his 1978 MA thesis titled “Japanese Art Inspirations in Paintings and Prints of Polish Modernists” at the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL), he launched the research into Polish Japonism. Having organized the pioneer exhibition on Polish-Japanese relations (Kielce–Cracow, 1981), he was awarded the Father Szczęsny Dettloff Memorial Prize. Co-author of the “Poland–Japan, 1919–1999” Exhibition (Hillside Forum, Tokyo; Amenity Park, Osaka; Museum of Literature, Warsaw; Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, Cracow; 2000), he crowned his studies in Polish Japonism with the book „Wielka Fala. Inspiracje sztuką Japonii w polskim malarstwie i grafice” [“Big Wave. Japanese Art. Inspirations in Polish Painting and Prints”] (Polski Instytut Badań nad Sztuką Świata, 2016).