ISSN 0006-3967 Indeks 330973
Scientific Committee: Agnieszka Morawińska, Stanisław Mossakowski, Andrzej Rottermund, Piotr Skubiszewski
"Biuletyn Historii Sztuki"
Instytut Sztuki PAN
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The quarterly is dedicated to the history of Polish and foreign art from the Middle Ages until the twentieth century. Articles in Polish are accompanied by detailed summaries in English. Articles by foreign authors are published in English, French, German, Spanish and Russian. In addition to reviews of important exhibitions, publications and academic conferences, the Bulletin presents tributes to distinguished art historians.
In 1982, a special volume was published as No. 1-4, comprising the Quarterly’s Table of Contents from 1932-1981. In 1999, the tables of contents of the “Bulletin” covering a fifteen-year period (1983-1998) was published as No. 1-2.
The Biuletyn Historii Sztuki (Bulletin of Art History” [BHS]) has been published for seventy-five years and is the oldest Polish academic periodical dedicated to the history of art. It was established as a quarterly by the Department of Polish Architecture at the Technical University of Warsaw in 1932, at the initiative of Oskar Sosnowski, who inspired pioneering studies in architecture. Among the Department’s editorial team of the-then “Bulletin of Art History and Culture” were Witold Kieszkowski, Stanisław Lorentz, Juliusz Starzyński and Jerzy Szablowski, Michał Walicki, Jan Zachwatowicz and Stanisław Herbst, who played a pivotal role in organizing academic life and art studies after the war.
After a period of inactivity during the war, the periodical was published under the auspices of the newly-established Państwowy Instytut Historii Sztuki i Inwentaryzacji Zabytków [National Institute of Art History and Inventories of Architecture], as well as the Department of Polish Architecture and History of Art at the Technical University of Warsaw. The four post-war annuals published in 1946-1949, made a conscious reference to the pre-war “Bulletin” in terms of the title, as well as the content.
1949 was a breakthrough year, when the ministerial institute underwent reorganization and changed its name to the National Institute of Art, with an interdisciplinary character. The quarterly also underwent changes and from 1950, it was published under a shorter title, the “Biuletyn Historii Sztuki”. It became a periodical of the National Institute of Art and the Stowarzyszenie Historyków Sztuki i Kultury Materialnej [Society of Historians of Art and Material Culture]. In 1951, Stanisław Lorentz was appointed editor-in-chief of BHS and held the post for thirty years.
In 1982, Stanisław Mossakowski, the Director of the Institute, became editor-in-chief for six years. A new editorial committee headed by Jan Białostocki was also appointed. Jerzy Kowalczyk was editor-in-chief in the years 1988-1996. As a result of the new geopolitical situation and the opening of the eastern border, the art of the Eastern Borderlands of the former republic of Poland became the new subject matter of the “BHS”. The new contacts bore fruit in the form of numerous publications in “BHS”. A few monothematic issues dedicated to the artistic culture in Red Ruthenia and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania were published.
Piotr Paszkiewicz, Deputy Director of the Institute, took over as editor-in-chief of the “Biuletyn Historii Sztuki” in 1996. The graphic design of the “BHS” changed. Since 2002, Stanisław Mossakowski has resumed his post as editor-in-chief.