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Lovely, Human, True, Heartfelt: The Letters Of Alina Szapocznikow and Ryszard Stanislawski, 1948-1971
Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, January 2012

by Alina Szapocznikow and Ryszard Stanislawski


Lovely, Human, True, Heartfelt is the previously unpublished correspondence between one of Poland’s greatest women artists and the great art critic who served for many years as Director of the Lódz Museum of Art. The letters, written from the late 1940s to the end of the artist’s life, document their engagement, marriage, and after their divorce, their continued close ties. They bear witness to Szapocznikow’s artistic path and offer a very rare window into her thoughts on her own work, as Szapocznikow was always reluctant to talk about herself, and even her experiences during World War II are not fully known today. It is, at the same time, an intimate portrait of the relationship between Alina Szapocznikow and Ryszard Stanislawski—an epistolary romance, penned with true literary flair.

The letters are accompanied by comprehensive notes that illuminate their political and artistic context in addition to offering information on the lives of their authors.

Ed. Agata Jakubowska, trans. Jennifer Croft. Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2012; distributed by The University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-83-933818-2-1

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