An exhibition is opening in Warsaw of abstract works by prominent American painter Frank Stella, who was inspired by painted wooden synagogues destroyed during World War II.

"Frank Stella and the Synagogues of Historic Poland" opens Friday at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and will run through June 20.

Museum officials say it is the first time that Stella's geometrical and highly abstract works, made in the 1970s, are being shown alongside prints, models and drawings that he studied, as well as architectural drawings and documentary photos of synagogues taken before the war.

The museum's director, Dariusz Stola, said his institution is an appropriate venue for the works because one of its key exhibits is a spectacular recreation of a painted synagogue.