Tadeusz Kantor Festival: Wanderings with Tadeusz Kantor
October – December
organiser: “Cricoteka”, ul. Kanonicza 5, phone: +48 (12) 422 8332

This monumental project shall present the work of Tadeusz Kantor’s through several independent presentations. We will follow Kantor’s footsteps to the places that became important for his existence and imagination: to the places where he worked, where he talked, and where he displayed his works. The organisers wish to create a map of the artist’s imagination, to show the influence of the city on his art, and on the other hand to emphasise Kantor’s part in the shaping of the spiritual atmosphere of the contemporary Krakow. Among the sites suggested for exhibitions, there are: the Academy of Fine Arts, galleries (Krzysztofory, Bunkier Sztuki,) museums (National Museum, Museum of History of Krakow,) the artist’s workshops, and the halls where he staged his productions.

Expositions within the Wandering with Tadeusz Kantor series:

9th October – 26th November I have Something to Tell You. Tadeusz Kantor – Self-Portraits
Muzeum Narodowe (National Museum), Main Building, ul. 3. Maja 1

During the last four years of his life, Tadeusz Kantor created unmatched paintings. The Dalej już nic (After This, Nothing, Again) series initiated the period of Kantor’s figurative painting. The exhibition concentrates on this, little known, part of the artist’s work. Apart from the paintings from the After This, Nothing, Again, Cholernie spadam (I’m Falling,) Nie zagl¹da siê bezkarnie przez okno (One Does not Look Through a Window Unpunished,) and Mój dom (My House) series and a few others that do not belong to series, the exhibition includes also drawings from the last period of the artist’s life.

9th October – 26th November Tadeusz Kantor Emballage of the Hołd Pruski Painting 1975
Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Painting in the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)

The presentation is an allusion to the Widzieæ i rozumieæ (To See and to Understand, 1975) exhibition based on the concept of Professor Mieczysław Porêbski’s and organised in the Sukiennice Gallery to commemorate the AICA Congress in Krakow. This was an artistic attempt at establishing a dialogue on the one hand, yet also an endeavour to confront avant-garde artists with the tradition impersonated in the gallery of 19th-century art. Among the included artists, there were: Tadeusz Brzozowski, Andrzej Pawłowski, and Stanisław Fijałkowski; they created to order works that related to specific objects present in the museum. Tadeusz Kantor selected Hołd Pruski (Prussian Homage) a painting by Matejko: the largest painting in the gallery especially abundant in symbolical contexts and connotations.

12th October – 31st .December Tadeusz Kantor Wystawa byle czego
Cricoteca, ul. Kanonicza 5

The Wystawa byle czego (Exhibition of Anything) exhibition is the implementation of a project from mid-1970s: the artist planned to exhibit the photocopies of his notes on his theatrical productions in the Foksal Gallery. He kept the file with the design of the never-presented exhibition in his private archive in Elbl¹ska Street. The artist even selected approximately 50 sheets of notes concerning the Nadobnisie i koczkodany (Beauties and Baboons,) which were to form the basis for the exhibition. Kantor endeavoured to exhibit the blown-up copies of his notes. The exhibition in the Cricoteka will not be an exact reconstruction of Kantor’s idea. Side by side with the xeroxed copies, there will be the original notes. This will be the way to present the recording of the artist’s ideas. The arrangement will make reference to the so-called antiexhibition: The Popular Exhibition of 1963.

20th October – 19th November Tadeusz Kantor od Kurki wodnej do Umarłej klasy
Krzysztofory Gallery, ul Szczepańska 2

The Tadeusz Kantor from Water Hen to Dead Class exhibition presents the role of the Krzysztofory Gallery as the seat of the Cricot 2 Theatre. Apart from objects selected from the performances, the exhibition presents the documentation from the collection of the Grupa Krakowska and Cricoteka, as well as video materials.

27th October – 31st November Tadeusz Kantor and Theatre 1934 – 1949
Museum of History in Krakow – Hipolitów House, pl. Mariacki 3

The exhibition includes two sections, encompassing the years 1934 – 1944 and the years 1945 – 49 respectively. The first includes the little known documents, drawings, and photographs that present the beginning of theatrical activity of Tadeusz Kantor’s during his studies: Śmierć Tintagilesa (The Death of Tintagiles) in the Efemeryczny Teatr Marionetek and the World War II Balladyna and Powrót Odysa (Return of the Odysseus) in the clandestine Podziemny Teatr Niezależny. The latter section is related to the stage work of Kantor’s during the short period of liberalisation of the artistic life that in Poland followed the World War II.

10th November – 15th December Tadeusz Kantor and the Academy
Krakow Academy of Fine Arts, plac Matejki 13

This is another exhibition to consist of two parts; it evokes the presence of Kantor in the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts (ASP): first as a student in the years 1934 – 1939, and later as a teacher in the years 1947 – 1949 and in 1968. The first part describes the period which Kantor himself referred to as his prehistory. The reconstruction of this stage of the artist’s life is possible thanks to the precious exhibits from the archives and the works of  Tadeusz Kantor the student and his friends from the class of Karol Frycz (1934 – 1939.) The other part presents the work of Kantor the lecturer in documents and works of his students.

6th – 26th November Tadeusz Kantor in the Stary Theatre 1945–1962
Museum of the Stary Theatre, ul. Jagielloñska 1

The exhibition is devoted to the stage works of  Kantor’s in Krakow theatres: united at that time the Stary and the Słowacki. The exhibition includes stage designs, drawings, and preserved costumes, as those to the E. Ionesco’s Rhinoceros.

2nd – 12th November Tadeusz Kantor. Impossible –Theatrical Supplement
Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, pl. Szczepañski 3a

The presentation complements the “Tadeusz Kantor. Impossible” exhibition devoted to the happenings, impossible projects and paraconceptual art of the Krakow artist. Presented in the exhibition are the productions of the Cricot 2 Theatre which featured themes parallel to those presented in the previous section of the exhibition. The actual plays include Wariat i zakonnica (1963) a production of the Zero Theatre, Kurka wodna (Water Hen, 1967) being an example of the work of the Happening Theatre, as well as Nadobnisie i koczkodany (Beauties and Baboons, 1973) referring to the concepts of the Impossible Theatre. Much like the Tadeusz Kantor. Impossible, also this presentation is based on photographic and film documents.

15th November – 5th December My Tadeusz Kantor
Center for Jewish Culture, Meiselsa 7

An exhibition of photographs by Jacek Stokłosa showing unknown and highly personal photographs which, in most cases have remained unpublished.

16th November – 29th December Tadeusz Kantor Drawings from the Łódź Museum of Art
Gallery – Workshop of Tadeusz Kantor, ul. Sienna 7/5

Presentation of approximately 50 drawings deposited by the artist’s heirs in the Łódź Museum of Art arranged in themes especially for the purpose of the exhibition. Special attention should be paid to the artist’s drawings related to his painting.

18th November – 3rd December Cricot 2 Started Here
Pryzmat Gallery – ZPAP, ul. £obzowska 3

The original seat of the Cricot 2 Theatre, established in 1955, was the café in the Dom Plastyków at 3 £obzowska Street, where the painters’ theatre Cricot operated before World War II. The exhibition is to introduce the public into the character and history of the place. A separate sequence within the presentation is the recollection of the famous Wystawa Dziewiêciu (Exhibition of the Nine, 1956) which began the period of political thaw in Krakow. The character of the earliest productions of the Cricot 2 Theatre, such as: M¹twa, Studnia czy głêbia myœli, and Cyrk (Circus,) is brought to the eye by the blown-up photographs and unique costumes designed by Maria Jarema. The actual contemporary motion-picture projector and photographs are the memory of the legendary Kineformy by Andrzej Pawłowski which, in the 1950s, were a regular part of the evenings at the Cricot 2 Theatre.

20th November – 20th December Around the Idea of My Home and The Chair, The Dom Twórczości Tadeusza Kantora i Marii Stangret, Hucisko near Wieliczka

A small-scale exhibition showing the ideas of House and Chair through drawings: these drawings belong to the impossible ideas in the works Tadeusz Kantor’s. In Hucisko, these two ideas found their tangible expression in the form of the artist’s Home built during the last stage of his life, and of the monumental Chair built to his design by the Tadeusz Kantor Memorial Foundation in 1995.

1st – 31st December Tadeusz Kantor Emballages
Starmach Gallery, ul. Węgierska 26

Presented in the exhibition are the paintings from the Emballages series executed in the 1960s and the 1970s; the works come from the own collection of the Starmach Gallery, other private collections, and the works deposited by the artist’s hair in the Łódź Museum of Art. Some of the paintings have never been shown in Poland before.

October – November Tadeusz Kantor’s Wielopole, Wielopole
The Wanda Siemaszkowa Theatre in Rzeszów, ul. Sokoła 7/9

Wielopole Skrzyñskie is the place where Tadeusz Kantor was born; it became the theme of the artist’s autobiographical production of 1980: one of those which brought the artist his international renown. The exhibition in the Wanda Siemaszkowa Theatre in Rzeszów consists of two parts: the first shows the memories from the Old Vicarage where Tadeusz Kantor spent his childhood, and the latter the props from the productions of Wielopole, Wielopole and the photographic documentation of the only performance held in the church in Wielopole in 1983.


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