In 1991, upon receiving the degree of Doctor honoris causa of the University of Wrocław, Jerzy Grotowski said, among others:
“I know where the commercialisation of art begins; it is about protecting the masters. And the argument will always be the same: Don’t worry, we’ll be the ones to protect the masters – we’ll ensure they have proper conditions.”
Opole can boast having Jerzy Grotowski work here before he became a master. It is here that, in 1959-1964, he laid down the foundations for its Laboratory Theatre. The conditions were difficult, and we could probably hardly say he found protection here. Nevertheless, he had a workshop, time and the basic means to do what he had planned in order to carry out his work in a long-term perspective. Today, the protection of young artists undertaking their experiments is still necessary; nowadays, it is, perhaps, even truer than at the time Grotowski said it.