Pamiętnik Dziadka (The Diary of Grandfather)

Maria Stangret Kantor


Book, 27.2 x 21.2 cm, 63 p, language: Polish, publisher: Lódz: Galeria 86, ISBN: 8390423715.
Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2025/237).

Literary synopsis

In 1962, Maria Stangret Kantor started writing "a novel without end", a literary piece of collage structure, consisting automatically mounted fragments of old handbooks, brochures, fictional stories, and her own irrelevant and trivial situations. She took writing as a kind of "vent" which she managed to depart from the seriousness of the so-called high art. She published certain fragments in her catalogues (eg Krzysztofory, 1965, Foksal, 1967), and in 2002 the work was published under the title The Diary of Grandfather.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

A shared fascination in both automatic painting and writing.

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