"I hope for the final victory of the forces of good"

Eugène Ionesco (1909 - 1994)

Eugène Ionesco was one of the most important French playwrights of the 20th Century and a leading character of the “absurdist theatre”. In his drama Eugène Ionesco focuses on the question of human existence as well as the trivia of everyday life. His most renowned play in Germany “Die Nashörner” (1959) is based on his own experience in Romania. This induced Eugène Ionesco to always oppose conformism, to act against totalitarianism, which changes humans and turns them into “Nashörner”. But even beyond his drama Eugène Ionesco always gave comment on topics such as culture and politics and impressed not a few people with his “courage to doubt”.

"I have met a man who is more than any other clairvoyant and confused, roused and reserved."

– André Coutin, Gespräche mit Eugène Ionesco

Further quotations

Upcoming anniversaries

28 March 1994: Eugène Ionesco's day of death

22 April 1952: Premiere of "Les Chaises" at Thèâtre du Nouveau Lancry

30 April 1973: Ionesco receives the award of Jerusalem for his life work as well as in particular for this play "Rhinocéros"