An exhibition in Kyoto, entitled Homage to Kantor – Theatre of Death, presented Tadeusz Kantor's art pieces from private collections of Japanese owners, but also artist's photographs from the Foksal Gallery and works created by contemporary Japanese artists, inspired by Kantor's art and his personality.
Professor Akiko Kasuya of the Kyoto City University of Arts, regarded as Japan's finest expert on Polish art and a devoted promoter of Polish art, was the exhibition's curator. In the past, Professor Kasuya had organised exhibitions of numerous Polish artists, including Mirosław Bałka, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Dominik Lejman.
The Homage to Kantor – Theatre of Death exhibition re-introduced the artist's profile to the Japanese audience and at the same time, art created by contemporary artists inspired by Kantor's oeuvre.
The exhibition had preluded by workshops about Kantor's world for Japanese artists held in July 2015 and conducted by Paweł Althamer, Artur Żmijewski, Mirosław Bałka and Joanna Rajkowska. Other events accompanying the exhibition included screenings of recordings of the plays Wielopole, Wielopole and The Dead Class, documentaries about the artist's work, lectures conducted by his friends and performances.
Source: press materials, transl. Agata Dudek, 07/04/15.