Tadeusz Kantor

 

30. August 2008  – 26. October 2008

Featuring artworks by:
Tadeusz Kantor   Eustachy Kossakowski

Tadeusz Kantor (born 1915 in Wielopole Skrzyńskie, died 1990 in Krakow) is one of the most significant Polish artists of the 20th century. Alongside his work as a visual artist he was also involved in the performing arts: he is regarded as a pioneering theatre reformer influenced by the ideas of avant-garde artists. Kantor was particularly interested in disrupting the illusion created by classical theatre, and aimed to break up the prevailing distancing engendered by the stage situation and open it up to real life. He was thus among those 20th-century artists who proclaimed and practised an open concept of art transgressing all its boundaries. The artist attained world renown in the 1970s with the travelling theatre group Cricot², which he established in the mid-1950s.

 

Instead of a traditional retrospective, structured according to periods and categories, the exhibition at the migros museum für gegenwartskunst is informed by a free scenic character, which attempts to exhibit Kantor’s works as a Gesamtkunstwerk. This holistic concept held true for Kantor throughout his life. The focal point of the exhibition is the investigation of the performative, and the crossover between theatre and the visual arts. Thus it is a continuation of the content-discursive debate on current artistic interests in combination with and overlapping theatrical performative approaches in contemporary art, which has already been investigated in several previous exhibition projects.

 

Curated by Heike Munder

List of works

Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor, Ein begnadeter Tyrann
1997
Film by Andrzej Bialko, Verlag fur Moderne Kunst Nürnberg
39:54 min.

Tadeusz Kantor: Children at Their Desk (from the play "The Dead Class“)

Tadeusz Kantor

Children at Their Desk (from the play "The Dead Class“)
1989
Wood, cloth, polychlor vinyl, glas, hair
144 x 330 x 260 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: A Soldier Carries the Picture Displaying how He Carries the Picture 'Battle Field' (from the series "Further on, Nothing")

Tadeusz Kantor

A Soldier Carries the Picture Displaying how He Carries the Picture 'Battle Field' (from the series "Further on, Nothing")
1987
Acrylic paint on canvas, plywood, plastic, cloth, leather, metal
140 x 181 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Machine of Love and Death

Tadeusz Kantor

Machine of Love and Death
1987
Various materials
Grösse variabel

Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor: The Sink (from the play "Let the Artists Die“, 1985)

Tadeusz Kantor

The Sink (from the play "Let the Artists Die“, 1985)
1985
Wood, metal, various materials
129 x 83.5 x 59 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Man with Skeleton (Costume sketch)

Tadeusz Kantor

Man with Skeleton (Costume sketch)
1984
Acrylic on paper; mounted
179 x 110 cm

Tadeusz Kantor

Where Are the Snows of Yesterday
unknown
Film by Andrzej Sapija, WFO Lodz
25 min.

Tadeusz Kantor

Wielopole, Wielopole
1984
Film by Andrzej Sapija, WFO Lodz
68 min.

Tadeusz Kantor: School Class (from the series "The Dead Class II")

Tadeusz Kantor

School Class (from the series "The Dead Class II")
1983
Acrylic on canvas
130 x 112 cm

Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor's Mannequins
1983
Film by Andrzej Sapija, WFO Lodz
33 min.

Tadeusz Kantor: A Funerary Vehicle (from the play "Wielopole, Wielopole")

Tadeusz Kantor

A Funerary Vehicle (from the play "Wielopole, Wielopole")
1980
Wood, steel
Ca. 275 x 190 x 60 cm

Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor: Die Familie aus Wielopole. Szenische Provokationen
1980
Film by Michael Kluth - WDR
44:46 min.

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1979
Watercolor and Indian Ink
23 x 32.5 cm

Tadeusz Kantor

The Dead Class
1976
Film by Andzrej Wajda, TVP, Warszawa
Ca. 72 min.

Tadeusz Kantor: Manikin of a Child on a Bike (from the play "The Dead Class")

Tadeusz Kantor

Manikin of a Child on a Bike (from the play "The Dead Class")
1975
Steel, polychlor vinyl, hair, glass, cloth
112 x 110 x 70 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Canvas - Door (from the series "Everything Is Hanging by a Thread")

Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor: Clothes Hanger (from the series "Impossible Architecture Projects")

Tadeusz Kantor

Clothes Hanger (from the series "Impossible Architecture Projects")
1970
Photomontage on canvas
104 x 95 cm , framed

Tadeusz Kantor: Electric Bulb (from the series "Impossible Architecture Projects")

Tadeusz Kantor

Electric Bulb (from the series "Impossible Architecture Projects")
1970
Photomontage on canvas
104 x 95 cm , framed

Tadeusz Kantor: Monument of a Chair on the Cracow Main Square (from the series "Impossible Architecture Projects")

Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor

Kantor ist da
1968
Film by D. Mahlow, Saarländischer Rundfunk, 1968
48 min.

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1968
Watercolor, Chalk
26 x 36 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1967
Chalk
43.5 x 33 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1967
Chalk
43.5 x 33 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1967
Chalk
30 x 27.5 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1966
Collage; acrylic on paper
35 x 50 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1966
Collage; acrylic and marker on paper
49 x 62 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Emballage

Tadeusz Kantor

Emballage
1964
Various materials
60 x 55 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Emballage

Tadeusz Kantor

Emballage
1964
Various materials
91 x 72 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: The Aneantisating Machine (from the play "The Madman and the Nun" by S.I. Witkiewicz, 1963, reconstructed in the early 1980s)

Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1963
Collage
34.5 x 48.5 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1961
Oil on canvas
102 x 115 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1953
Collage; gouache
36 x 23 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1953
Indian ink and chalk
30.5 x 42 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1951
Gouache
25.5 x 34.5 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1951
Watercolor and indian ink
30 x 38.5 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Ohne Titel

Tadeusz Kantor

Ohne Titel
1950
Gouache
24.5 x 34 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1950
Indian ink
29.5 x 21 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1950
Watercolor
39 x 39 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1950
Watercolor
36.5 x 21 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
1947
Indian ink
29 x 43 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: La Macchina dell' amore e della morte

Tadeusz Kantor

La Macchina dell' amore e della morte
unknown
Teatro Citta Milano, film by Franco Laera, CRT Artificio, 1987
36:55 min.

Tadeusz Kantor: Umbrella

Tadeusz Kantor

Umbrella
unknown
Umbrella and acrylic on canvas
128 x 118 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
Nicht datiert
Oil on canvas
89 x 116 cm

Tadeusz Kantor: Untitled

Tadeusz Kantor

Untitled
Nicht datiert
Oil on canvas
81 x 100 cm

Eustachy Kossakowski: Tadeusz Kantor - Where Are the Snows of Yesterday

Eustachy Kossakowski

Tadeusz Kantor - Where Are the Snows of Yesterday
1982
B/W photograph
18 parts: each ca. 40 x 50 cm

Eustachy Kossakowski: Tadeusz Kantor - Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson, Warszawa

Eustachy Kossakowski

Tadeusz Kantor - Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson, Warszawa
1969
B/W photograph
8 parts: each ca. 44 x 43 cm

Eustachy Kossakowski: Tadeusz Kantor - The Water-Hen

Eustachy Kossakowski

Tadeusz Kantor - The Water-Hen
1968
B/W photograph
8 parts: each ca. 44 x 43 cm

Eustachy Kossakowski: Tadeusz Kantor - Der Brief, Warsaw

Eustachy Kossakowski

Tadeusz Kantor - Der Brief, Warsaw
1967
B/W photograph
10 parts: each 45 x 44 cm

Eustachy Kossakowski: Tadeusz Kantor - Panorama-Happening am Meer, Osieki

Eustachy Kossakowski

Tadeusz Kantor - Panorama-Happening am Meer, Osieki
1967
B/W photograph
11 parts: each 45 x 44 cm

Eustachy Kossakowski: Tadeusz Kantor - Erstes Happening: Cricotage, Warsaw

Eustachy Kossakowski

Tadeusz Kantor - Erstes Happening: Cricotage, Warsaw
1965
B/W photograph
5 parts: each 45 x 44 cm

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