Hunting for artworks deemed ‘lost forever’

In the course of the Second World War, Poland lost around 63,000 pieces of art, including paintings, scriptures, furniture and much, much more. After over 70 years since the end of the war, the task of recovering them may seem impossible for many, but not for the Division for Looted Art in the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Poland IN talked to one of its experts, Ms Agata Modzolewska.

“Our four main tasks are: gathering information about the looted artworks during the second world war, searching for them, then popularising the subject and finally, what is most important to us, recovering the collection”, Ms Modzolewska told Poland IN, asked what the work of “Polish Indiana Joneses” looks like.

“Every day employers of our division are searching auction houses websites and many museums’ websites which now digitize their collections and put them online. We also receive information from many art historians and other people passionate about art,” Ms Modzelewska explains.

The full version of the interview, with incredible stories about recovering some objects which were deemed to be lost forever, can be watched here.