Janusz Korzeniowski (July 23, 1979 – July 1, 2020)
Templar Corps member.
For years, guests entering the Wilanów gardens passed a tent in which children, teenagers and adults were sitting, drawing letters in concentration. In the tent you could meet a man wearing a brown habit or a beautifully decorated old dress. He usually talked to visitors, and then wrote their names on pieces of paper in beautiful writing. Thousands of names from around the world. He wrote dedications to lovers, wishes for various occasions, thanks, diplomas, lists of dishes for culinary workshops. This is all that someone wanted to commemorate, make solemn, relevant. He greeted the walkers with Old Polish greeting and a nod, sweeping the palace courtyard with a huge hat. He always found time for each guest, wanted to exchange at least a few words with each …
He had a vision of a unique place – Scriptorium Villa Nova, a space arranged for calligraphic classes. He realized this vision – thanks to him, an unusual place of concentration and education was created. During several years of work, he personally built two printing presses, boxes, boxes for calligraphic materials, desktops, tables, benches for work, developed drawings for calligraphic exercises, but most of all infected with passion for the art of calligraphy.
He conducted numerous calligraphic workshops with audiences of all ages, taught how to lay hands, how to draw beautiful letters, encouraged perseverance. With the social passion and patience that characterize the best educators, he taught beautiful writing, while talking about respect for the heritage and value of science in human life. He intuitively knew how to reach everyone, and his willingness to share knowledge and skills, as well as the openness with which he greeted guests in the Scriptorium of the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów, made him a model of a museum educator. A master of calligraphy who, by his own work, came to proficiency and craftsmanship. Calligraphy was his whole life and he was able to convey this passion to a large group of students and fans.
Janusz Korzeniowski left us on July 1, 2020. We will miss him very much, his enthusiasm, enthusiasm, serenity and willingness to help solve everyday and unusual difficulties.
We convey our condolences to the Family and Relatives.
Sorrowful employees and director
Museum of King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów,
classmates, pupils and pupils
Sometimes in the palace courtyard you could hear the school bell, finishing calligraphic workshops. However, we are not finished, and Janusz Korzeniowski’s students want to continue the program created with such passion by a calligraphy master. So we encourage everyone – write by hand, let the passion Janusz shared with us continues. Scriptorium Villa Nova will resume operations in the second half of July, we will continue to use materials and aids made by our late friend.