The PolishMuseum of America is the repository of a rich collection relating to the Maestro’s multifaceted endeavors. Sadly, The Polish Museum does not have adequate financial resources to ensure proper display, storage, and conservation of these objects. The mandate of The Paderewski Association is to assure that the legacy of I. J. Paderewski is preserved and maintained. Financial support is essential to accomplish this goal, but equally important is genuine interest on the part of the public. Specifically, there is great urgency for the completion of the appropriate renovation of the Paderewski Room at the PMA, as well as for the conservation and proper display of the priceless objects it contains. Among the most valuable items in the Paderewski Room collection are: the gilded pen that Paderewski used to sign the Treaty of Versailles, the splendidly embellished pocket watch that the Maestro received from American Polonia in 1935 commemorating his 75th birthday, as well as his last practice piano, letters, photographs, and personal effects.
We hope that the growing popularity of our annual auction will bring attention to Museum needs. The auction offers a variety of items that appeal to a range of interests and collectors. It features the art of Polish and American, emerging and established artists working in diverse media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Fine antiques, jewelry, and crafts are also offered. Proceeds support the conservation program at the Museum.
Art Preview Dates:
Tuesday, May 27, Wednesday, May 28, and Friday, May 30, 2008 from to Saturday, May 31 from to (Museum admission applies)
Gala Auction Preview Evening: Wednesday, May 28 at A special opportunity to assist in selection decisions prior to the Auction date
Saturday, May 31 at
The PolishMuseum of America 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL60622-4101
The live auction auctioneer – Krzysztof Arsenowicz, Polish Radio, Chicago The lot presenter – Barbara Mirecki, PMA Registrar
The Paderewski Association
Andrzej Dajnowski, president Stanislaw Bernacki, founder