According to legend, when Andrzej Wajda received a prize from the Inamori Foundation and promised that he would spend this prize on a new “house” of the Far East art collection, Arata Isozaki, the architect, declared that he would prepare the design of the future centre and donate it as a gift. And so it happened.
Jan Bukowski (1873–1943) according to the Dictionary of Polish Artists , studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków during the period 1893–1900. He attended the workshops of such famous artists as Władysław Łuszczkiewicz, Teodor Axentowicz, Leon Wyczółkowski and Jacek Malczewski. The presented drawing is signed is signed with the “BJ” monogram. Since the study of a woman’s bust from plaster cast of ancient statue has been preserved in the collection of the Academy of Fine Arts as a awarded student’s work, it should be presumed that the drawing was made during the studies of Bukowski in the School of Fine Arts, during the period 1882–1895.
Adam Siemianowicz (family name: Ciopcio) was born in 1902 in Orenburg on the Ural River in the Russian Empire. The future painter was the son of Szymon Ciopcio and Julia née Abramik, peasants from Podlasie exiled to the Urals in 1888. The boy began to paint while still in Orenburg. At that time, he usually painted postimpressionism-styled landscapes.