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An interview with the Curator of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum, the musicologist, art historian and Chopin scholar Maciej Janicki, who has been Curator since the beginning of 2012. He talks with Maciej Gołębiowski about the concept of the Museum, the themes of the display, new acquisitions and Fryderyk Chopin. The interview was published in Ruch Muzyczny in April this year.


Maciej Janicki (b. 1981) is a graduate of musicology and art history from the University of Warsaw. Associated with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute since 2007, he previously worked as a museum assistant (from 2008).

He took part in the specialist and organisational work on the Chopin Museum’s permanent display, opened in 2010. He was curator of the rooms ‘Women’, ‘Personality’ and ‘Travels around Europe’. The author of scholarly texts for multimedia presentations, he is also a specialist coordinator. Author of the exhibitions ‘(Re)sounding Signs: Polish Chopin Posters 1949–2007’ (Plymouth), ‘POSTER 2010.POSTSCRIPT’ (Warsaw), ‘Chopin the most indecisive. New Fryderyk Chopin manuscripts in the collection of the Chopin Museum’ (Warsaw) and ‘…an exceptional physiognomy. New portraits of Fryderyk Chopin in the collection of the Chopin Museum’ (Warsaw), he is also curator of the cycles ‘INTERPOLATIONS’ (Żelazowa Wola) and ‘SIX-LINE STAVE’ (Chopin Museum).

A specialist in Chopin iconography, he also works as an organiser of museum events and an editor. In his academic work, he explores soundscapes past and present, and he is currently working on the soundscape as a context of Chopin’s life and work. His interests are centred on the music and visual arts of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.