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Witkacy. Logos and the Elements


Edited By Teresa Pękala

This book focuses on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, philosopher and controversial artist. It expresses the opinions of philosophers, museologists and artists, for whom Stanisław Ignacy Witkacy’s 130th birthday anniversary became an opportunity to view his works from the perspective of postmodernity. The authors concentrate on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz as eminent and prophetic philosopher concerned about Western culture with its waning metaphysical feelings, master of gesture and poses, anticipating the postmodern theatricalization of life.

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Notes about the Authors


Elżbieta Witkiewicz-Schiele is a great-granddaughter of Jan Witkiewicz Koszczyc (an architect), a cousin of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz “Witkacy”. She inherited her Mother’s and Grandmother’s interest in the history of her family. She has gathered family documents and photographs for a long time and was the first to make the family tree of the Witkiewicz family, taking the dates of births and deaths into account. She has also compiled four family trees of the families related to the Witkiewicz family, showing their relationships. She devoted many years of her life to taking care of her aged relatives. She is the widow of Edward Schiele (a descendant of the founder of the Haberbusch and Schiele brewery in Warsaw in 1848). She has two children and six grandchildren.

Julitta Fedorowicz, born in Zakopane, a daughter of Witkacy’s friend, meteorologist Józef Fedorowicz, who was involved in many artistic initiatives, inter alia in the establishment of the Formist Theater. She was Witkacy’s model and is a stage designer by profession: she designed theatrical scenery for eminent Polish theater directors, inter alia for Jerzy Grotowski and Jerzy Jarocki. From the 1960s she worked for the State Drama Theaters in Szczecin. She is involved in spreading knowledge about Witkacy and Polish artistic culture.

Andrzej Dziuk – founder of the Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theater in Zakopane, manager and theater director, author of stage productions and adaptations of texts of performances, and creator of artistic visions of most performances. A...

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