RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE FRYDERYK CHOPIN MUSEUM IN WARSAW
I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw, hereinafter referred to as „the Museum”, conducts its activity pursuant to the Act of 21 November 1996 on Museums (Journal of Laws of 1997, no. 5, item 24, as amended) and these Rules and Regulations.
The registered seat of the Museum is the Ostrogski Castle located in Warszawa at ul. Okólnik 1. The Museum shall conduct its activity on the territory of the Republic of Poland and abroad.
- The Museum is an organizational unit of the Fryderyk Chopin National Institute, hereinafter referred to as „the Institute”. The Museum is not a legal personality.
- The Institute shall provide the Museum with any means required for its maintenance and development.
The Museum shall be supervised by the Minister of Culture and the National Heritage. The Director of the Institute shall provide the Museum with a direct supervision.
The Museum shall use a round seal with the following inscription in the rim: „Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina” / „The Fryderyk Chopin National Institute, the Fryderyk Chopin Museum”.
II. THE MUSUEM’S AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- The objective of the Museum is to collect, analyse, hold, preserve and make available to the public the collections related to the life and art of Fryderyk Chopin and his epoch, as well as to the activities aimed at popularising and preserving his output in remembrance till the present day.
- The Museum shall cooperate with other organizational units of the Institute within the scope of scientific research and shall conduct educational activities in terms of Chopin studies, as well as contribute to the promotion of the knowledge of Fryderyk Chopin’s life and art through cooperation with other national and foreign institutions, organizations and associations.
For the purpose of achieving its objectives stipulated in paragraph 6 of these Rules and Regulations, the Museum shall specifically:
- collect: manuscripts, iconography, (sculpture, paintings, engravings, drawings, medals, posters), miscellaneous (various memorabilia)
- compile an inventory, catalogue and provide scientific analyses of the collections;
- hold the collected exhibits in fully secure conditions – in secured rooms, vault, storage rooms – and provide them with a proper preservation status;
- make the collections available to the public for scientific and educational purposes;
- organize permanent, temporary and seasonal exhibitions in Poland and abroad;
- conduct educational activity through holding lectures, talks, film screenings, concerts and other forms of presentations;
- publish catalogues of the collections and exhibitions, guidebooks on the collections, articles, as well as prepare informational and promotional materials regarding its own activities;
- develop and conduct educational activities, cooperate with schools, higher educational institutions and other educational institutions and organizations;
III. THE MUSEUM’S STRUCTURE AND MANAGEMENT
The Museum shall consist of:
- The Museum’s team in charge of special holdings, as well as preparation, production and making the exhibitions available to the public;
- The Museum’s branch – the Manor in Żelazowa Wola where Fryderyk Chopin was born;
- The Museum’s branch – the Chopin Family Drawing Room at the building of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw located at ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 5.
The scope of activities of the branches, other organizational units and self-contained positions at the Museum shall be stipulated in the organizational rules and regulations imposed by the Museum Curator subject to prior consultations with the Director of the Institute.
The head of the Museum shall be the Museum Curator, who shall be appointed and called off by the Director of the Institute, upon prior consultation with the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
1. The Museum Curator shall manage the overall activities of the Museum, watch over and be responsible for the Museum’s property before the Director of the Institute.
2. The scope of the Curator’s activities shall include specifically:
- supervision of the collections and property entrusted to the Museum;
- direct management of the Museum’s employees;
- issuing rules and regulations, as well as internal instructions in accordance with a binding provisions;
- performing a representative function of the Museum, subject to paragraph 17 of the Institute’s Statute;
- editorial supervision of the Museum’s publications and prints;
- participation in the meetings of the Museum’s Committees and ensuring the provision of services necessary to their operations.
The Museum’s employees shall be employed and dismissed by the Director of the Institute on the request of the Museum Curator.
The following committees operate at the Museum:
1. The Museum’s Advisory Committee, hereinafter referred to as „the Advisory Committee”;
2. The Exhibits Purchasing Committee, hereinafter referred to as „the Purchasing Committee”.
- The Advisory Committee is an advisory and consultative body to the Museum Curator.
- The Advisory Committee shall be composed of experts in the fields related to the Museum’s activities and representatives of the supporting institutions.
- The members of the Advisory Committee shall be appointed and called off by the Director of the Institute on the request of the Museum Curator.
- The total number of the members of the Advisory Committee shall not exceed 10 persons.
- The Advisory Committee shall be appointed for a 3-year term.
- The Advisory Committee shall elect the Chairman from among its members.
- The meetings of the Advisory Committee shall be convened by the Chairman on the request of the Curator, at least once a year.
- The detailed specifications of the Advisory Committee operations shall be stipulated in the rules and regulations adopted by it and approved by the Director of the Institute.
- The Purchasing Committee shall be appointed each time by the Museum Curator in consultation with the Director of the Institute for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the objects put up for sale and agreeing on the purchase price.
- The Purchasing Committee shall be composed of: the Museum Curator, two professional employees of the Museum, and with regard to a purchase of a high museum and market value of outstanding specialists in a given field – no more than 3 persons.
- The meetings of the Purchasing Committee shall be convened by the Museum Curator and minutes of each meeting shall be taken.
- Any dissenting opinions to the opinions of the majority of the Purchasing Committee shall be recorded in the minutes.
- The final decision regarding any purchase and approved price shall be taken by the Director of the Institute.
V. THE MUSEUM’S PROPERTY AND FINANCES
The property entrusted to the Museum shall be used only for the purposes resulting from the activities undertaken by the Museum.
The Institute shall provide the Museum with financial, bookkeeping, administrative and technical services, as well as performance of tasks related to employment and welfare.
VI. FINAL PROVISIONS
Liquidation of the Museum may be enforced in accordance with the binding provisions of law, pursuant to an ordinance issued by the Director of the Institute, upon prior consultation with the Minister of Culture and the National Heritage, and by taking into consideration the provisions of the Agreement on the Protection of Fryderyk Chopin’s Legacy of 9 June 2005 and the Agreement regarding the deposit of the holdings of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum and gratuitous transfer of property rights to the collections of the library, the record library of 30 January 2007.
Any amendments to the Museum’s Rules and Regulations may be made in accordance with the procedure of its imposition.