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.
Memories (Julitta Fedorowicz)
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I am a daughter of Witkacy’s friend, Józef Fedorowicz, a well-known Zakopane meteorologist, whose artistic soul delighted those who knew him. He died on February 9, 1963. He lies in the cemetery in Pęksowy Brzyzek [Pęksa’s Cliff], where many distinguished people are buried, but he lives on in the legend of Zakopane as “Pimek”, “Wiatr Halny” and “the nicest Man on Earth”. I was also Witkacy’s model. Witkacy made portraits of hundreds of people; it is hard to believe, but he drew more than five thousand portraits. Witkacy met Józef Fedorowicz in 1922, when Fedorowicz arrived in Zakopane as a specialist in mountain meteorology sent by the State Meteorological Institute in Warsaw.
In the 1920s Zakopane was a vibrant centre of immensely interesting intellectual life. Józef Fedorowicz, open-mannered and outgoing by nature, soon made friends among the Zakopane bohemians. He was immediately noticed by Witkacy, who was staying in the city.
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