Exhibition Introduction

Exposition Sławomir Mrożek

From 30 June 2013 to 1 March 2014


Sławomir Mrożek (born 29 June 1930 in Borzęcin, Poland) is a leading Polish dramatist and writer. In 1963 Mrożek emigrated to Italy and France and then to Mexico. In 1996 he returned to Poland and settled in Kraków. In 2008 he moved back to France.

Sławomir Mrożek has reigned as the preeminent playwright and satirist of Eastern Europe for the past half century. He debuted in 1958 with a play Policja (The Police). Mrożek’s plays, now considered classics, were welcomed immediately by both stage directors and the public. He gained world fame in 1964 with the play Tango.

Mrożek was a sharp critic of all oppressive systems during the Cold War. Bordering on the absurd with its combination of humour, wit, and the grotesque, his work transgressed political and economic systems, revealing both their universality and their nonsensical aspects.

Many of his satirical drawings are on display in the exhibition at Montricher, which affirms Mrożek’s mastery of a wide spectrum of styles, and illustrates the development of his talent over the decades.