Andrzej Mitan is dead – composer, singer, artist, regarded as one of the most original figures in Polish vocalism. The artist died today at the home of Grójec (Mazowieckie) in the morning. He was 68 years old.
Zbigniew Belowski, Deputy Director of the Masovian Center for Contemporary Art "Elektrownia" in Radom gave information about the artist's death. Mitan worked in this institution before retiring. In February last year, an exhibition was held on "Elektrownia" which summarized 50 years of the artist's creative activity "Andrzej Mitan – Art (undefined)."
Andrzej Mitan was born in 1950 in Pionki near Radom. He studied at the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, the Academy of Catholic Theology in Warsaw and at the Catholic University of Lublin. From the late 1960s, he followed his artistic intentions by organizing musical groups such as: Onomatopoeia, Saint Ration, Supergroup Without False Modesty, Independent Studio of Electroacoustic Music, Concert of Impossible Figures, Association of Former Children.
The artist practiced different musical forms and visual. His musical work was developed from rock form, through collaboration with free jazz musician to experimental music.
From the beginning of his artistic activity, Mitan was also an active constellator, curator and coordinator for many festivals, exhibitions, concerts and symposiums
He also acted as an exercise creator of objects and video form. Between 1982 and 1988, together with Cezary Staniszewski and Tomasz Wilmański, he ran the RR gallery in the Riviera Remont Club in Warsaw. During this period he initiated the creation of a series of discs, Music Club New Remont, which presented work with leading composers working in Experimental Studio of Polish Radio (Andrzej Bieżan, Krzysztof Knittel), improvisers (Andrzej Przybielski, Helmut Nadolski) and visual artists (Jarosław Kozłowski, Włodzimierz Borowski). Everyone had limited editions of cover designed by artists.
This commitment is a unique phenomenon at global level. Albums from the artistic series KMNR are now in the collections of the most important modern art galleries. In the international publication of Brooken Music, designed for the history of phonography and art, the series has been exposed together with John Cage, Andy Warhol's work, Jean Dubuffet, Bernard Heidsiecka, Wolf Vostell and Mauricio Kagel
. Citizens of Warsaw President IV Centers of Capital City of Warsaw (2004) and Honorary Award of the Culture Minister and National Heritage – Meritorious for Polish Culture (2008). In 2010, a comprehensive album of the Association of Education and Progress STEP Job Title 2009 (029-030) was released by Andrzej Mitan in collaboration with Klara Kopcińska, Józef Żuek Piwkowski and Dobrochna Badora. One of his last individual projects was "Unvoiced CDs".