STANISŁAW IGNACY WITKIEWICZ "An Ingenious Psychoholic" exhibition in Berlin

Exhibition organised by Polnisches Institut Berlin and MOCAK THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN KRAKOW, in partnership with Polnisches Institut Düsseldorf and Tatra-Museum Zakopane. 

Venue: Polish Institute in Berlin

Exhibition date: 22.02.2019 - 29.03.2019

Opening date: 21.02.2019 at 7 pm


Curators: Maria Anna Potocka and Delfina Jałowik


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.