press release

The exhibition Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz. Marginalia filozoficzne / Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz - Philosophical Margins focuses on hitherto unknown forms of Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz´s creative activities. It presents the notes and drawings that the artist and writer made in the 1930s in the margins of the philosophical books he read. Witkacy's marginal notes constitute often humorous comments to the texts he studied and are intertwined with notes of a personal nature; the drawings he added at page edges, often acting as illustrations, suggest motifs known widely from his paintings. Stanis?aw Ignacy Witkiewicz's philosophical annotations have been preserved on the pages of over thirty books that are currently in the collection of the Library of the Institute of Philosophy of Warsaw University. They constitute unusually valuable documentation of Stanis?aw Ignacy Witkiewicz's intellectual explorations and passions just before World War II, in the period when he not only created art and literature but also produced his primary philosophical works. The purpose of the exhibition Stanis?aw Ignacy Witkiewicz - Philosophical Margins is to draw an analogy between Witkacy's artistic concepts and his philosophical thinking. The presentation constitutes an opportunity to reflect upon the place and role of philosophy in his output as a whole. We expect it to prompt further development of research into the biography, art, and philosophy of Stanis?aw Ignacy Witkiewicz. The exhibition Stanis?aw Ignacy Witkiewicz - Philosophical Margins at the Centre for Contemporary Art includes a series of enlargements of book pages on which S.I. Witkiewicz recorded his philosophical annotations. These are displayed alongside his paintings, drawings, portraits, and photographs. Also on display are surviving musical manuscripts and contemporary recordings of Witkacy's musical compositions, as well as the original books from the collection of the Library of the Institute of Philosophy of Warsaw University. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue containing the first-ever published reproductions of pages with Witkacy's annotations. In addition, on February 22nd the CCA will host a symposium dedicated to the aesthetic and philosophical thought of S. I. Witkiewicz, involving exceptional scholars of his life and work. Pressetext

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Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz - Philosophical Margins
GALLERY 1
Arbeiten von Pawel Althamer, Wlodzimierz Borowski, Andrzej Czarnacki, Maurycy Gomulicki, Maciej Grzybowski, Jaros?aw Kozakiewicz, Robert Szczerbowski
Kurator: Pawel Polit