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The Bookplates of Krzysztof Kmieć
January 21, 2009   
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Warsaw's Museum of Sports and Tourism library is marking its 50th anniversary with an exhibition of graphic bookplates designed by Krzysztof Kmieć. The more than 200 items on display have been divided into the themes of sport, the Olympic Games and tourism. Exhibits include bookplates dedicated to ski jumper Adam Małysz, swimmer Otylia Jędrzejczak, walker Robert Korzeniowski and other popular Polish athletes. Pride of place goes to a special bookplate honoring Pope John Paul II. The pope, whose name Warsaw's Olympic Center bears, was awarded an Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee in 1986.

Kmieć has made over 2,500 book plates ranging thematically from pharmacy, nature, religion, the Orient, to medicine, sports and many other topics. Kmieć holds a doctorate in pharmacy and works at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Jagiellonian University in Cracow. His professional work involves the historical role of curative plants in curing illness. He is especially interested in horse chestnut's curative properties and its place in art and architecture. Kmieć has staged 130 individual exhibitions and taken part in more than 150 collective ones.
The exhibition is open through April 10.

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Museum of Sports and Tourism, 4 Wybrzeże Gdyńskie St., Olympic Center, Warsaw, tel. 0 22-560-37-80
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