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Berlin: Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz ,,Witkacy”

February 21 - March 29

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WITKACY

‘WITKACY. AN INGENIOUS PSYCHOHOLIC’

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885–1939) 

Witkacy started on his creative path as a painter. Painting, however, was to disappoint him. He came to see it as a craft, and so he set up the Portrait Painting Company, and painted some 4 500 portraits, the majority of which perished by fire in Warsaw during the war. The idea behind Witkacy’s company and its rules were a forerunner of conceptualism. He next experimented with image through photography, a medium in which he could see fully his wild, unbridled personality. His series of posed self-portraits certainly herald performance. Yet painting and photography are no match for the intellect. Thus, Witkacy employed words – indeed in three demanding fields at the same time: writing philosophical tracts, novels and theatrical pieces, to repeat acclaim.

He fell victim to history. Trapped between German and Soviet armies, he committed suicide.

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Start:
February 21
End:
March 29
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Venue

Polnisches Institut Berlin
Burgstraße 27
Berlin, 10178
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Website:
http://berlin.polnischekultur.de/

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