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    Józef Szajna was born 101 years ago

    Józef Szajna was a prominent Polish artist, director, and theater designer born on March 13, 1922, in Rzeszów. He died in Warsaw on June 24, 2008.

    He was known for his innovative approach to theater and his contribution to the development of the avant-garde theater movement in Poland.

    Szajna’s career began during World War II when he was arrested and imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. During his time in the camp, Szajna developed his skills as an artist and used his talents to create drawings and illustrations that documented life in the camp. These drawings would later become an important part of his artistic legacy.

    After the war, Szajna returned to Poland and became involved in the theater scene in Krakow. He soon became known for his groundbreaking set designs and his ability to create immersive, multi-sensory theatrical experiences. He collaborated with many of Poland’s most influential playwrights, including Tadeusz Kantor and Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz.

    In the 1960s and 1970s, Szajna’s work became increasingly political, and he used theater as a way to critique the communist government in Poland. He was known for his powerful, visually striking productions that explored themes of oppression, resistance, and the human condition.

    Szajna’s impact on Polish theater cannot be overstated. He helped to shape the direction of the avant-garde theater movement in Poland and inspired generations of artists and theater practitioners. His legacy continues to live on through his art and the countless people he influenced throughout his life.

    Józef Szajna passed away on June 21, 2008, in Paris, France, at the age of 86. He will always be remembered as a visionary artist and an important figure in the history of Polish theater.

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