Alicja Knast is the director of Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice since July 2014. She is a graduate in musicology and has been working in the museum sector since 1995. Her professional career began in the National Museum in Poznań as an adjunct of the Museum of Musical Instruments, and then as the chief curator of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum (2009–2012) and as the General Director of the Core Exhibition in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (2012–2014), among others. In the years 2014–2016, she was also the director of the Górnośląskie Museum in Bytom.
A lecturer at the London Metropolitan University (2005–2006) and a research worker at the University of Plymouth (2005–2008). A scholarship holder from, among others, Museumvereniging in Amsterdam and Metropolitan Museum in New York.
A member of international associations, such as the International Council of Museums (ICOM), as well as museum councils in the Castle Museum in Pszczyna, the Polish History Museum, the Municipal Museum in Tychy, the Ossoliński National Institute in Wrocław and the Program Council of the “Rondo Sztuki” Gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and Teatr Śląski in Katowice. A member of the Council of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. Since 2015, a member of the Museum and Memorial Sites Council of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Author of publications from the area of instrumentology, music psychology and implicite learning strategy and museology.
Awarded a First Class Order “Royal Order of the Polar Star” (2011) by the king Gustaf of Sweden and the Order of Merit in the Service of Polish Culture (2015), winner of the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award (2011) and Red Dot Award (together with Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto) awarded in 2011.
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