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Over coffee with Igor Mitoraj

Igor Mitoraj

At 4pm on March 26th, the 79th anniversary of the famous artist’s birth, the Remembrance Museum of Land of Oświęcim Residents will for the first time publicly present a painting by Igor Mitoraj from its collection. For the time being, it will be on display only that day.

The work entitled “Head” created in 2001 is 88 by 60 cm. Additionally, it will also be possible that afternoon to admire the sculpture “Asklepios” made by Igor Mitoraj which is an important part of the museum’s permanent exhibition.

For coffee with Igor Mitoraj, the Remembrance Museum invited Professor Joanna Kubicz of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. The professor will share her knowledge of the artist and his extraordinary work.

Admission is free.


Igor Mitoraj was born on 26th March 1944 in Oederan, Germany. His mother was a Polish labourer and his father a French prisoner of war. After the war, his mother returned to her country with the child.

. Igor spent his childhood and youth in Grojec near Oświęcim. After graduating from the High School of Arts in Bielsko-Biała, he began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He later travelled to France to study further, then creating his first important sculptures in Italy.

One of the most outstanding contemporary sculptors, he is best known for his monumental pieces located in Paris, Rome and London as well as other places. Since 2005, one of them, “Eros bendato” (Eros bound – known affectionately as “the head”) can be admired in Krakow’s Main Square.

Igor Mitoraj passed away in Paris on 6th October 2014.

Igor Mitoraj Photo by Andrea Bosio from Florence, ITALY, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Common
Sculpture by Igor Mitoraj entitled “Asklepios” Remembrance Museum of Land of Oświęcim Residents’ Collection