Piotr Rypson, PhD
Art critic, historian of literature and visual culture, publicist and expert in the field of electronic education.
In 1978-1981, he worked at Galeria Remont. From 1984 to 1988 he handled publishing for the Akademia Ruchu theatre company. From 1988 a co-editor and from 1990 the editor-in-chief of the monthly art magazine Obieg. He was the curator of collections and galleries at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (1993–1996) and in the period of 1990-2011, he served as vice-chairperson of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), chairperson of the Programme Board of the Foksal Gallery Foundation, a member of the Culture Foundation Promotion Board, and a member of the Art Board of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He has given lectures at the University of Warsaw’s Museum Studies graduate programme, the Rhode Island School of Design and Miami Ad School. He is the author of many articles and several books, including Nie gęsi. Polskie projektowanie graficzne 1919-1949 (2011); Piramidy, słońca, labirynty (2002); Książki i Strony. Polska książka awangardowa i artystyczna w XX wieku (2000) and Obraz słowa. Historia poezji wizualnej (1989). Since 2011, he has been a Deputy Director at the National Museum in Warsaw, where he is responsible for content, research projects, education, publishing, digitisation and on-line accessibility of collections.
Deputy Director in charge of management
Manager, graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology. He completed the Ministry of Treasury’s course for members of supervisory boards of state-owned companies, a course for managers of economic entities and various courses in the principles of financing investment projects from the state budget, conducting investment projects in objects of historical value and quality management systems. Between 1992 and 2004, he was the chairman of the board of ŚWIT Cooperative in Warsaw, between 1995 and 1997 – chairman of the Supervisory Board of Korporacja ELKO in Poznań, and between 1994 and 2002 – Deputy President and Member of the Supervisory Board of the National Association of Disabled Persons’ Cooperatives. He joined the National Museum in Warsaw in 2009, where he is currently responsible for administration, investment projects, assembly of exhibitions, public procurement and the protection and security of objects and buildings.
Deputy Director in charge of communication and public affairs
Culture manager, fundraiser, expert in the transformation of cultural institutions and audience development. He completed an MBA course at the Business School of the Warsaw University of Technology and graduated in Political Science, specializing in government and local government administration, from the Academy of International Relations and American Studies. Before that, he studied at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the University of Wrocław (1988–90) and the at the Faculty of Polish Studies and Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw (1990–93). Between 1991 and 2011 he worked as a musical manager and producer: he managed Maanam (1993–2007), co-managed Kamiling Co record company (1992–2010) and ran his own record company Cosmopolis (1998–2011). He co-founded the Association of Managers of Polish Artists and was a member of the Board (2001–02). Labuda joined the National Museum in Warsaw in 2011. He is in charge of the Museum’s development and reshaping its image, including in particular: fundraising, education, communication, marketing and extension of the NMW.
Grażyna Bastek, PhD
The Acting Director's Plenipotentiary for Research
Economist, specialist in public finance and budget management in public finance entities. She graduated from Warsaw Agricultural University and studied at the University of Copenhagen on a scholarship. Her career has always been connected to the field of culture through her work at the Ministry of Culture and Art’s Department of Museums and Heritage Sites, the Centre for the Protection of Public Assets and the Centre for the Protection of Scenic Heritage Sites. She has worked at the National Museum in Warsaw since 1995.