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    Józef Szajna: A Pioneer of Polish Avant-Garde Theater

    Józef Szajna was born on March 13, 1922, in Rzeszów, Poland. Read more about a celebrated artist, director, and theater designer.


    Interned in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII, Szajna honed his artistic skills, documenting life through poignant illustrations. Returning to Poland post-war, Szajna revolutionized theater with immersive sets, collaborating with influential playwrights.


    Political Commentary Through Art
    In the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s, Szajna’s work turned political, critiquing Poland’s communist regime with visually striking productions. Szajna’s impact on Polish theater remains profound, shaping the avant-garde movement and inspiring generations of artists. Józef Szajna passed away on June 21, 2008, in Paris, France, leaving behind a visionary legacy.

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