UNESCO has declared 2015 the Year of Tadeusz Kantor – April 6th marked the 100th anniversary of his birth.  An extensive program will promote knowledge about Kantor around the globe. It will include a wide variety of events: from a cross-sectional retrospective of works by Kantor in Sao Paulo; an exhibition of works by Kantor and other contemporary Polish artists in Japan; through the creation and presentation of new performances inspired by his work in the United States; cooperation with prestigious academic institutions around the world, including Yale University and the University of Kent; and conferences; to traditional publications and the use of modern media. Partners of the project include, among others, The Wooster Group, the Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture and Sesc Săo Paulo.



14oct'15 16oct'15

A research seminar on Tadeusz Kantor, held at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, presented his work in broader perspective and focused on the author's influence on the development of contemporary theatre. Read more about: Kantor in China

25jul'15 5sep'15

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture (RSA) is to present an exhibition dedicated to Tadeusz Kantor on July 25. Read more about: The Water Hen: Kantor, Demarco and the Edinburgh Festival

28may'15 31may'15

The world premiere of a multimedia play by Lars Jan. TIMe - The Institute of Memory is mainly inspired by Kantor’s studies on death and remembrance in a theatrical space. Read more about: TIMe - The Institute of Memory

4aug'15 4sep'15

Inbetween Structures is an exhibition dedicated to the early works of Tadeusz Kantor. It will include a presentation of two, rarely screened films from the 1950s: Somnambulists and Attention! ...Painting directed by Mieczysław Waśkowski and produced in cooperation with Tadeusz Kantor. Read more about: Inbetween Structures Exhibition

30nov'15 2dec'15

Politics of Art; Politics of Life: Tadeusz Kantor Between Theatre, Painting and Literature is an international study session where outstanding experts on Kantor’s work will offer several opportunities to discover or re-discover the artist and his legacy. Read more about: Politics of Art; Politics of Life: Tadeusz Kantor Between Theatre, Painting and Literature

10oct'15 15nov'15

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. Read more about: Homage to Kantor – Theatre of Death in Kyoto

18sep'15 19sep'15

The European Theatre Research Network (ETRN) at the University of Kent is planning a day and a half symposium on the life and work of Tadeusz Kantor, which will be accompanied by screenings of the artist's plays and acting workshops. Read more about: Kantorbury, Kantorbury Workshops and Symposium

14apr'15 27apr'15

During the theatrical workshops After Kantor students from The Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and AMTAP in Chişinău will have a unique chance to cross swords with Kantor’s vision of theatre. The workshops will be conducted by former actors of the Cricot 2 Theatre – Andrzej and Teresa Wełmińscy. Read more about: After Kantor – Theatrical Workshops

13apr'15 17apr'15

The 24th Polish Week in Toulouse will be entirely devoted to Tadeusz Kantor’s works. The abundant, interdisciplinary program includes concerts and performances, screenings of documentary films, recordings of plays, exhibitions of works, photographs and stage props used in Kantor’s plays. Read more about: Multiple Portraits of Kantor in Toulouse

18aug'15 14nov'15

To celebrate the centenary birthday of Poland’s most important artist of the 20th century, a grand monographic exhibition about his creative idea and artistic pathway will take place in São Paulo. Culture.pl is its main organizer. Read more about: Tadeusz Kantor Machine in Brazil


Tadeusz Kantor directing The Dead Class, Kraków, 20 January 1988. Photo: Włodzimierz Wasyluk

Creator of his own theatre group and of productions branded with a poetic that he derived from a complicated private/public Galician origin and its consequences. Read more about: Tadeusz Kantor


Borys Szyc as Tadeusz Kantor. Photo: Adam Golec

Shooting for a new biographical film about Tadeusz Kantor began on 24th July 2015 in Kraków. The premiere is planned for April 2016.

At the centannial anniversary of Tadeusz Kantor’s birth, we evoke five reasons for the unceasing popularity of Poland’s most famous artist of the 20th century. Art meant everything for him. What is left of it today?

This house is more than just a site on the Kantor landscape. It is a whole story about the Cricot 2 Theatre, preserved in wood, bricks, concrete and plaster. Here is our tour of Hucisko!

Tadeusz Kantor in Cricoteka, 1983, Kraków, photo: Tadeusz Rolke / Agencja Gazeta

Crosses resembling cannons, a penny-farthing moving in circles to the sound of the Francois waltz, a camera that turns into a machine gun. Tadeusz Kantor's mobile sculptures were more than stage props, more than decoration.

Eustachy Kossakowski, "Koncert morski (Panoramiczny happening morski)", fotografia, 1967; © Anka Ptaszkowska; negatywy i slajdy są własnością Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie

Conducting seawaves, covering a woman in coal, Rembrant's anatomy class on a suit, postmen's parade, burglary in an art gallery... Culture.pl brings back 5 most notabale happenings by Tadeusz Kantor.

Tadeusz Kantor during the showing of The Dead Class, May, 1983, photo: Wojciech Kryński / Forum

Kantor's legendary rages – caused by members of his troupe, hotel staff, festival organisers, representatives of cities that hosted Cricot 2, or anyone who just happened to be nearby – can now be regarded as artistic happenings in their own right. Any spark could set off an explosion.

''Sometimes I prefer the Europe of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain. European art then was very powerful, now it’s contaminated with the power of the marketplace'': interview with Richard Demarco.


Lech Stangret, „Tadeusz Kantor. Drawing”, cover

Lech Stangret’s book is the only scientific publication in English, which covers this area of the artist’s work. It was published thanks to Culture.pl’s cooperation with the Tadeusz Kantor Foundation. Read more about: Tadeusz Kantor: Drawing – Lech Stangret

Tadeusz Kantor during the Cricot 2 Theatre’s play Let the Artist’s Die / Niech szczezną artyści, Warsaw, 1986, photo: Wojciech Kryński / Forum

In mid-1989, Tadeusz Kantor started work on a performance which he could not attend. He died in Kraków on 8th December, 1990, after one of the last rehearsals of this play. Read more about: Today Is My Birthday - Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor before the premiere of the play Wielopole, Wielopole, 1980, Paris, Théâtre Bouffe du Nord, photo: Tadeusz Rolke / AG

I Shall Never Return was the last play which Kantor finished, and the last of his works presented with his participation. Read more about: I Shall Never Return - Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor during the Cricot 2 Theatre’s play Let the Artist’s Die / Niech szczezną artyści, Warsaw, 1986, photo: Wojciech Kryński / Forum

Let the Artists Die opened a series of performances by Kantor in which reflections on his achievements and transformations of old motifs played a very important part. Read more about: Let the Artists Die - Tadeusz Kantor

A photograph of Goshka Macuga’s tapestry showing an action reconstructed according to Tadeusz Kantor’s 1967 happening, Warsaw, 2011, photo courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art / www.artmuseum.pl

Over a year after his first happening, in January 1967, Tadeusz Kantor organized a happening in Warsaw, the hero of which became one of the fetishised objects often used by him – a letter. Read more about: The Letter - Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor, the sculpture Chair, unveiled on the 8th of September 2011, Wrocław, photo: Leszek Kotarba / East News

Chairs were among the objects most willingly used by Kantor. Read more about: Chair - Tadeusz Kantor

Tadeusz Kantor’s happening An Anatomy Lesson after Rembrandt / Lekcja anatomii wedle Rembrandta at the Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, 1969, photo: Eustachy Kossakowski

A happening from the year 1968-1971, which showed how a painting masterpiece’s great potential can be activated in a dialogue of contemporary art and tradition. Read more about: An Anatomy Lesson after Rembrandt – Tadeusz Kantor

Eustachy Kossakowski, The Sea Concert (The Panoramic Sea Happening), photograph, 1967; © Anka Ptaszkowska; the negatives and the slides are owned by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Kantor’s most complex happening. It took place in August 1967 in the seashore village of Łazy, during a three-week long meeting of artists and art theorists which was organised in the framework of the 5th Koszalin Plein-Air. Read more about: Panoramic Sea Happening - Tadeusz Kantor

A photograph from the cricotage Where Are the Snows of Yesteryear / Gdzie są niegdysiejsze śniegi, the student club Stodoła, Warsaw, 2-4 May 1984. Sequence 9. The Trumpet of the Last Judgement. Rabbi: Zbigniew Gostomski, His Pupil: Dominika Michalczuk; photo: Jerzy Borowski; a photograph from the collection of the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka

This was Kantor’s first happening. It took place in 1965. Fourteen simple everyday activities such as eating, shaving, and sitting were deprived of their practical functions. The act of being performed for an audience rendered these activities absurd. Read more about: Cricotage - Tadeusz Kantor

Photograph from the performance Wielopole, Wielopole by Tadeusz Kantor staged in Warsaw's Stodoła club, Cricot 2 Theatre, 1980, photo: Adam Hayder / Forum

In the autumn of 1979 Tadeusz Kantor and his Cricot 2 theatre left for Florence, where the municipal authorities had proposed that he create a new play. The preparations had already partially begun at the Krzysztofory Gallery in Kraków. Read more about: Wielopole, Wielopole - Tadeusz Kantor

Cricoteka, Kraków, photo: http://cricotekawbudowie.pl

The Museum of Tadeusz Kantor and the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka in Kraków Read more about: Museum of Tadeusz Kantor and Cricoteka


Culture.pl's video cameras visited Tykocin in the Podlasie region, used in Jan Hryniak's Tadeusz Kantor film as the Galician village Wielopole Skrzyńskie… Read more

Arthur Watson about the exhibition "THE WATER HEN: Kantor, Demarco & The Edinburgh Festival" Read more

'He was the living embodiment of Poland,' says Richard Demarco of Tadeusz Kantor, whose work he has been popularizing throughout the last decades. Read more

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