Josef Svoboda Dies; Famed Designer Was 81

Josef Svoboda, considered by some to be one of the most influential scenic designers of the 20th century, died April 8 of natural causes. He was 81.

A native of Czechoslovakia, he trained as an architect, then became principal designer at the Czech National Theatre in 1948, a position he held for more than 30 years. He became internationally known in 1958, when he and director Alfred Radok created two multimedia productions, Polyekran and Laterna Magika for the Brussels

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