Marian Konieczny, Polish sculptor, Died at 87

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Marian Konieczny was born on January 13, 1930 and died on July 25, 2017, in Jasionów, Podkarpackie Voivodeship.

He was a Polish sculptor.

Marian was a 1954 graduate of the Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie (Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts) in Kraków, Konieczny was a student of Xawery Dunikowski.

Konieczny was a professor and rector of the Academy from 1972 to 1981.

He was the sculptor of many notable monuments, such as the Warsaw Nike, Martyrs Memorial in Algiers, General Tadeusz Kosciuszko in Philadelphia and Pope John Paul II in Leżajsk.

During 2000, President Aleksander Kwasniewski awarded him the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Konieczny’s monument of Vladimir Lenin in Nowa Huta was the biggest Lenin’s monument in Poland, removed in 1989.

In 1979, Lenin’s heel was damaged as the result of a weak explosion.

Marian Konieczny passed away at 87 years old.

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