Stanisław_Ignacy_Witkiewicz

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - Metaphysicist and Visionary of the (non-)Absurd Theater

Lecture by Dr habil Anna Kawalec (KUL Lublin), 24 June 2021, at 18:00 (s.t.) on Zoom
Stanisław_Ignacy_Witkiewicz
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Beginn
24. Juni 2021, 18:00 Uhr
Ende
24. Juni 2021, 20:00 Uhr
Veranstaltungsart
Vortrag/Vorlesung
Referent/in
Dr. habil. Anna Kawalec
Veranstalter
Aleksander-Brückner-Zentrum für Polenstudien Jena
Ansprechpartner/in
Johann Wiede M.A.
Veranstaltungssprache
Englisch
Barrierefreier Zugang
ja
Öffentlich
ja
Anmeldung erforderlich
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The beginning of the 20th century witnessed radical changes transforming Europe, including Poland. It was then that extreme ideas of individualism, materialism arose, while the immaterial was expressed by the wails of individuals, groups and whole societies. The unique atmosphere of Polish positivism, the atmosphere of the Witkiewicz family, and the artist's father and art critic in particular, gave birth to a brilliant talent and extraordinary sensitivity incarnated in the person of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, nicknamed Witkacy.
A versatile personality – truly Renaissance modernist – a professional philosopher, artist, mathematician, portraitist, photographer, painter, art theorist and, above all, a visionary of the theater – represent just some of the areas of his authentic artistic activity.
In my presentation, while I will discuss some of the reasons for the uniqueness of Witkiewicz and the ingenuity of his work, I will dispute unnecessary "quirks" and wrong directions in interpretations of his artistry. In particular, I will focus on the "metaphysics" of theater, on the idea of the "unity in multiplicity", less so on the composition of artwork than on its preeminent subject-matter – the Particular Existence.

Registration: johann.wiede@uni-jena.de

More information: https://www.aleksander-brueckner-zentrum.org/veranstaltungen/detail/witkacy-metaphysicist-and-visionary-of-the-non-absurd-theater

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