Andrzej Książek

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Andrzej Książek (born in 1953 in Ząbki)– a poet, artist, philosopher and doctor habilitated in the humanities.


In 1971, he graduated from the Automotive Vocational School at Miejskie Zakłady Komunikacyjne in Warsaw. From 1971 to 1974, he was a student at the Automotive Technical School in Warsaw. From 1975 to 1978, he studied philosophy at the Academy of Catholic Theology and from 1978 to 1982 at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Warsaw. At the same time, he attended seminars at the Faculty of Psychology and History of Art at the University of Warsaw. In 1987, he defended his doctoral dissertation, titled The Views of Władysław Tatarkiewicz on the Work of Art, at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Warsaw, [1][3]. In 2004, he was awarded a postdoctoral degree at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, on the basis of his book Art v. Art: From the Theory of the 20th Century Avant-Garde[1][3]. In 1987-1989 he studied sociology at the School of Postgraduate Studies in Sociology at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw.

Professional and Community Work

In 1974, he worked as a technologist at the Automotive Electromechanics Cooperative in Warsaw. In 1975, he worked as a car mechanic and driver in the 2nd Department of Construction Transportation at “Transbud” in Warsaw. Between 1982 and 1984, he was an assistant lecturer at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Silesia in Katowice[1]. From 1984 to 2018, he was a lecturer at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Warsaw[3]. At the same time, from 1990 to 1997, he was also a lecturer at the School of Special Education. Between 1999 and 2000, he was a lecturer at the College of Humanities in Pułtusk[1]. Between 1997 and 1999, he was the co-owner of the POLTURIST travel agency. Between 1988 and 1990, he acted as chairman of the Faculty Committee of the Solidarity Trade Union at the University of Warsaw[1]. Between 1983 and 1988, he was the literary manager of the “Brama” gallery in Warsaw. Between 1984 and 1986, he was the editor of the Edukacja Filozoficzna journal. He is a member of the Polish Writers’ Association[1] and the Polish Philosophical Society.

Poetic Works

He made his debut in 1976 in issue 9 of the Poezja monthly. He published his poems in such journals as Twórczość, Poezja, Więź, Miesięcznik Literacki, Okolice, Magazyn Kulturalny, Pismo Artystyczno-Literackie, Przegląd Filozoficzno-Literacki, Nowy Wyraz, Życie Literackie, Integracje, Kwartalnik Społeczno-Literacki Regiony, Kultura, Tygodnik Kulturalny, Tu i Teraz, Tygodnik Pracy Twórczej Radar, Literatura, Tak i Nie, Gazeta Kulturalna, Kwartalnik Literacki Podgląd[3]. He has published the following volumes of poetry: - Natural Size, Warsaw, Czytelnik 1981, ISBN 83-07-00443-8. - Underground Passages, Warsaw, Ludowa Spółdzielnia Ludowa 1985, ISBN 83-205-3731-2. - A Pagan Tale, Warsaw, Iskry 1986, ISBN 83-207-0800-1. - Local Vision, Warsaw, Czytelnik 1986; ISBN 83-07-01669-X. - The Season of the Grapevine, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Książkowe IBiS 1994; ISBN 83-862336-09-4 - Returns – timeless poetry, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Nuit Magique 1994; ISBN 83-902733-1-4 - Passing By, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Książkowe IBiS 1998; ISBN 838623669X - Between the Past and Coming Years. A Selection of Poems, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Akme 2000, ISBN 83-85333-95-9. - Poetry and Other Collected Works, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Akme 2004, ISBN 83-85333-96-7. - Mitigating Circumstances, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Sowa 2011, ISBN 978-83-60660-55-3. - I Know It Is So, but I Believe It Is Otherwise, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Sowa 2011; ISBN 978-83-60660-54-6. His works also appeared in the following anthologies: - the hippie anthology Life on the Road, Warsaw, Iskry 1986; ISBN 83-207-0724-2. - the anthology Debiuty 81, Warsaw, Młodzieżowa Agencja Wydawnicza 1983.

Artistic Works

He took part in the Arsenal 88 All-Poland Exhibition of Young Visual Arts. He included his conceptual, linguistic and concrete works (visual poetry) in the catalogue of the Arsenal 88 All-Poland Exhibition of Young Visual Arts and in the catalogue of the Warsaw “Brama” gallery (1984). Between 1975 and 1984, he practised conceptual art, visual poetry, performance art and installation art. In the 1970s and 1980s, he collaborated with Warsaw’s “Repasasage” and “Brama” galleries, putting out performances, including Organic Limitations (1979), I Hope This is Not the Last Supper (1984), installations: Deceptions, “Brama” gallery (1985) and Presumptions, “Brama” gallery (1985). Documentation of some of his works can be found in the “Brama” gallery catalogue (1984) and in the author’s work The Dilemmas of Art (2011). Between 1978 and 1986, he wrote manifestos in which he included his views on art, poetry, literature and philosophy, including, The Manifesto of Total Art (Tygodnik Pracy Twórczej Radar, 1985, issue 25), The Non-Poetry Manifesto, A Theoretical Artistic and Philosophical Text (in Poezje i inne utwory zebrane, Warsaw 2004), The Manifesto of Critical Art (2001), The Manifesto of Critical Poetry (Podgląd Quarterly of the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Writers’ Association issue 4, 2019).

Philosophical Works

Andrzej Książek is the author of dozens of academic articles, popular science articles and essays published in such journals as: Przegląd Filozoficzny, Kwartalnik Filozoficzny, Edukacja Filozoficzna, Studia Filozoficzne, Ruch Filozoficzny, Przegląd Humanistyczny, Przegląd Socjologiczny, Kultura i Społeczeństwo, Kultura Współczesna, Twórczość, Biuletyn Polski Towarzystwa Estetycznego, Biuletyn Polskiego Towarzystwa Historyków Sztuki[3]. He published the following academic books: - Beauty and Art, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Semper 1994, ISBN 978-83-932129-0-3. - A Philosophy of Values, Warsaw, Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego 1994, ISBN 83-230-9810-7. - Issues of Ethics. A selection of texts. Selection, foreword, studies: Andrzej Książek, Warsaw, Akme Publishing House 1995; ISBN 83-85333-81-9. - Art v. Art: From the Theory of the 20th Century Avant-Garde, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Akme 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004; ISBN 83-85333-81-9. - Philosophy and the Fine Arts, Warsaw, Akme Publishing House 2006, 2008, 2015; ISBN 978-83-932129-0-3. - Truth Good Beauty. A selection of Władysław Tatarkiewicz's writings. Selection, introduction and studies by Andrzej Książek, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Sowa 2010, 2015, ISBN 978-83-932129-2-7 - Tatarkiewicz, Warsaw, Wiedza Powszechna, Myśli i Ludzie series 2010, ISBN 978-83-214-1445-4 - The Dilemmas of Art, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Sowa 2011, ISBN 978-83-60660-56-0 Publications in collective works: - Introduction to the catalogue of the “Brama” Gallery (1984) - Philosophy and History, in: Research Papers of the Social Studies Department, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Wyższej Szkoły Pedagogiki Specjalnej 1999; ISBN 8387079-19-7. - The End of the Avant-Garde and the Art of the End of the Century, in: The Age of the Avant-Garde, Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Universitas 2006; ISBN 83-242-0454-7

Awards and Distinctions

   • Award of the Rector of the School of Special Education in Warsaw for the book Beauty and Art (1994).
   • Lifetime Achievement Award of the Minister of Culture and the Arts (1999).


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