Stanisława Chyl

Stanisława Chyl – former director of the Drozdów Museum of Nature, propagator of Witold Lutosławski’s heritage.

She is a graduate of the Postsecondary School of Education in Kielce in the music education program, and the Graduate Museum Studies Diploma Program at the University of Warsaw’s Institute of Art. From 1973, she taught in music schools and primary schools, and led eurythmy classes in pre-school. In 1984, together with her husband Andrzej Chyl, she became engaged in the creation of the Drozdów Natural Museum (from 1995, the Museum of Nature). For many years, she led the Museum’s artistic-historical division, and in the years 1990-1998, served as its manager and director.

From the beginnings in Drozdów, she studied and popularized the Lutosławski family heritage, gathering all types of pertinent materials, as well as organizing exhibits, concerts, academic sessions, and other cultural events. She published articles, gave museum study sessions, and lectures on themes relating to the Lutosławski family line. In 1996, she organized the academic session The Lutosławskis in Polish Culture, and collaborated in the TV film production The Lutosławskis from Drozdów (1999), directed by Beata Chyża-Czołpińska. She authored and co-authored radio programs devoted to the achievements of Witold Lutosławski and other family members. (For example, in the years 1994-2013, she participated in meetings with scouts at the yearly Gray Scout Jamborees devoted to Father Kazimierz Lutosławski, Witold’s paternal uncle, one of the Polish scout movement’s organizers.) She organized five premiere celebrations of the Drozdowo and Łomża Musical Days (1994-1998). In addition, she initiated and realized the Performance Competition of Witold Lutosławski’s Music in Drozdów (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008), addressed to music school students from the entire country. From 2000, she is member of the Witold Lutosławski Society, where in 2003-2009 she was board member.

Stanisława Chyl’s undertakings were often met with the reluctance and resistance of her superiors, resulting in her dismissal from the Museum in 1998 and the danger of losing her authored collections, something she was fortunately able to prevent. In 2013, she received a half-year scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for work on the Lutosławski and Drozdów materials gathered in 1985-2012. The developed material served as the basis for a number of presentations, public and academic lectures, as well as the folder Witold Lutosławski in Drozdów.

On April 30, 2013, at the Drozdów conference A Witold Lutosławski Family Portrait, Stanisława Chyl was honoured with the Lutosławski Centennial Medal by the Witold Lutosławski Society.

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