Artist, Professor and famed scenographer Andrzej Kreutz-Majewski died in Warsaw on February 28, 2011 at the age of 74 after battling illness.
Andrzej Kreutz Majewski photographed by Tomek Dyczewski (www.teatrwielki.pl)
Artist, Professor and famed scenographer Andrzej Kreutz-Majewski died in Warsaw on February 28, 2011 at the age of 74 after battling illness
Educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków
, Andrzej Kreutz-Majewski
was a talented scenographer for major theatrical productions across Poland. He debuted in 1959 at the Julisz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków
, creating the set for a performance ofJuliusz Słowacki's
play Horsztyński. Three years later he began working closely with Warsaw's Grand Theatre - National Opera House
, first on the set design for Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and later on Honegger's Judith and Debussy's Prodigal son. In 1966 he was named head scenographer and remained with the Grand Theatre until he retired in 2005.
In later years, he began working on set for international theatres - in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Moscow and Tel Aviv - collaborating with some of the world's greatest directors and conductors - August Everding, Albert Lheureux, Regina Resnic, Aleksander Bardini, Kazimierz Dejmek, Jerzy Grzegorzewski, Georg Solti, Nello Santi, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Boehm, Zubin Mehta and Robert Satanowski.
He was best known for his set design on Strauss' operas, including Salome at London's Covent Garden i Elektra at the Paris Opera and Mozart's Don Giovanni at Luxembourg's Theatre Municipal. He also composed his own librettos to major works, such as Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, and directed several plays, including Karol Szymanowski's King Roger and Krzysztof Penderecki's Passion According to Saint Luke at the Grand Theatre - National Opera House.
As a painter, he represented Poland at the Venice Biennale in 1986. He also created sculptures - his Apollo's Chariot can be seen at Warsaw's Grand Theatre and Harp of Orpheus at the capital's Wilanów park. Andrzej Kreutz-Majewski was also very much respected as a pedagogue, lecturing at both the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and the Academy in Warsaw
. He is also a published author of works on painting and scenography.
He was honoured with a number of awards and prizes throughout his career, including second prize at the Biennale in Paris in 1961 and the Gloria Artis order from the Minister of Culture for his lifetime achievements in scenography in 2003.
Andrzej Kreutz-Majewski was born in Brdów in Central Poland on September 19, 1936. He died at a Warsaw hospital on February 28, 2011.