Christophe Zagrodzki
Art historian, editor, art consultant. Polish, Central and Eastern Europe art expert

Born August 18, 1942 in Warsaw, Poland. After brief studies at the Warsaw Polytechnic he emigrated to Norway in 1963, where he attended Oslo University and obtained his BA in Musicology and History of Art. He moved to Paris in 1971 and resumed his studies at the Sorbonne obtaining his MA.

In 1974 he began working at the Museum of Decorative Arts and participated in a creation of a separate Poster Museum where he was curator. He also co-operated with several institutions such as the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Institut Français in Milan, Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin, Poster Museums in Wilanow and in Poznan, Poster Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, Poster Museum in Toulouse, the Museum of Queen Sofia in Madrid.

He is author and co-author of several books, including “Le Livre de l’Affiche”, Steinlen Affichiste”, Charles Loupot”. His articles and reviews on posters and graphic arts have been published in twelve different countries. At this time Mr. Zagrodzki curated numerous exhibitions like those of “Savignac”, “L’Automobile et la Publicité”, “Mucha: Ivan Lendl Collection” and “The Painter and the Poster”. He has served as jury member for the poster and graphic design competitions in France and Poland and lectured on this subject.

When the Poster Museum closed in 1990 he co-founded the Association Ars Publica and the magazine “Signes”. He then became a free-lance consultant, gradually leaving the field of applied art to concentrate on painting. He is now a chartered expert for French Auction Houses, specializing in Paris School, Central European and Russian art. Mr. Zagrodzki has worked in the Hotel Drouot auction house, for some twenty auction houses including Blanchet, Boisgirard & Associés, Oger & Semont, Ader, Calmels & Cohen, Collin du Bocage…

He is author of two monographs on Paris School artists, Alice Halicka and Henri Hayden.