An extremely colourful figure, "a gentleman among painters", an authority for the next generations of artists - he was a man-institution, a "classic of modernity", a living legend of Polish avant-garde. Throughout his long and creative life he maintained his youthful vitality and fantasy. He was faithful to geometry, although he was not afraid of brave changes. He has been constantly expanding the language abstraction with new problems: space, color, movement.
PIONEER OF THE AVANT-GARDE
CO-CREATOR OF THE GEOMETRIC ABSTRACTION TREND
DESIGNER OF SCENERY AND FURNITURE
(9 January) Henryk Stażewski, son of Leonard (owner of a small foundry of artistic products made of non-ferrous metals), was born in Warsaw, the youngest of four siblings.
graduated from Professor Stanisław Lentz (1861-1920) at the Warsaw School of Fine Arts
founded with his friends Mieczysław Szczuka (1898-1927), Teresa Żarnower (1895-1950), Władysław Strzemiński (1893-1952) and Katarzyna Kobro (1898-1951) an avant-garde group „Blok”
he went to Paris, established contacts with Mondrian (1872-1944), Seupbor, Vantongerloo and van Doesburg (1883-1931)
became a member of the "Praesens" group. Henryk Stażewski played an important role in editing the "Blok" and "Praesens" journals, which had a sensational, innovative graphic layout and brought theories of the leading representatives of the avant-garde closer to readers. The periodicals and subsequent volumes of "Praesens"Libraries were a unique phenomenon on an international scale, a bridge between the experiences of the eastern and western avant-garde.
during his next stay in Paris he took part in organizing the group "Cercle et Carre"
he became involved in the collection of works for the International Collection of Modern Art in Łódź and joined the international group "Abstraction-Creation".
the individual exhibition at the Warsaw Writers' Union became an important manifestation of the avant-garde after the Socialist Realist period
was one of the inspirers of the creation of the avant-garde Foksal Gallery, in the wing of Warsaw's Zamoyski Palace
took part in the XXXIII Venice Biennale, where he received an "honorary mention".
he was awarded the Gottfried Herder Prize
In January, he participated in the birthday opening at the Zapiecek Gallery. Henryk Stażewski died on June 10th in Warsaw, at the age of 94.