14.12.1901 - 01.01.1981
“A world renowned scholar, the creator of the Polish school of Mediter-
ranean archaeology, meritorious teacher - Professor Kazimierz Michałowski -
was also a prominent personality in Polish museology”. These words were
written in 1981 by Professor Stanisław Lorentz, the director of the National
Museum in Warsaw.1 In a recollection like the one presented here, to be
printed in the Bulletin du Musee National de Varsovie, it seems proper to
concentrate on the museological side of Michałowski^ activity2 - especially
as he used to publish papers on new finds from his excavations in early issues
of the same Bulletin.
In the winter of 1919, Kazimierz Michałowski, then a young officer cadet,
received a three-month leave from the Polish army to begin his studies at
university. He chose the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Lwów
(present-day Lviv), specialising in literaturę and philosophy. In 1921 all
students obtained an undefined furlough for the continuation of their studies.
Michałowski then began his long and fruitful scholarly career, learning history
of art and later classical archaeology. He graduated with a Ph.D. in 1926,
presenting a study of the Niobides in antiąue art, published one year later (in
French). In the meantime he travelled for a year to Vienna, Paris, and several
\ S. Lorentz, “Kazimierz Michałowski”, Rocznik Muzeum Narodowego w Warszawie, XXV,
1981, p. 9.
2 For a fuller account of his various activities cf: Lorentz, op. cit., pp. 9-51, with bibliography;
Who Was Who in Egyptology, 3rd ed., London 1995, p. 286-287; A. Sadurska, “Kazimierz
Michałowski”, Archeologia, XXXII, 1984, pp. 243-246; “In memoriam. Profesor Kazimierz
Michałowski”, Meander, XXXVI, 1981, 6, pp. 285-355; Kazimierz Michałowski, Warsaw
1977, leaflet of 28 pages, printed in 100 copies by Pracownie Konserwacji Zabytków; Profesor
Kazimierz Michałowski, Warsaw 2001, leaflet printed at the National Museum; Profesor
Kazimierz Michałowski, leaflet for the smali exhibition in December 1996; Profesor Kazimierz
Michałowski, Warsaw 2001, leaflet for the exhibition at the Warsaw University printed by
Centrum Archeologii Śródziemnomorskiej. For Michałowski' s curriculum vitae cf. K.
Michałowski, Od Edfu do Faras (From Edfu to Faras), Warsaw 1974, K. Michałowski,
Wspomnienia (Memories), Warsaw 1986.