The Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź (ASP Łódź) was established in 1945 as the Łódź State Art School (PWSSP Łódź).
The school based on the achievements of the city’s pre-war avantgarde community with such excellent artists as Władysław Strzemiński, Stefan Wegner, Katarzyna Kobro, Karol Hiller or Samuel Szczekacz. This resulted in a unique character of the school, directly inspired by the artistic and didactic output of the Bauhaus movement and the didactic experience of Kasimir Malevich. Design practice was meant to be as important as the study of nature; a lot of attention was paid to development of visual perception conforming with the newest art trends. Władysław Strzemiński, an outstanding constructivist artist, theoretician and educator, organised the school from its very beginnings and deeply influenced the initial stage of its history. His innovative art and didactic ideas formed the character of the academy.
However, the totalitarian Stalinist regime installed in Poland after the war began to pursue a highly ideologised aesthetic program and did not tolerate Strzemiński’s avantgarde concepts any more – in 1950, the school was forced to dismiss the artist, who would die forgotten soon afterwards. Numerous experimental studios and faculties were closed and the school had to focus on cooperation with the textile industry only. It took many years and important political changes to re-establish the wide, universal range of education as envisaged by the founders of the school.
In recognition of Strzemiński’s merits the school assumed his name in 1988. In 1996, it was officially recognized as one of Poland’s seven state art academies. A new, modern headquarters for the school was erected in 1976 – its architecture soon is now one of the Academy's symbols and an important city landmark.