The Three Artists On Kantor Residencies in Hucisko
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small, The Three Artists On Kantor Residencies in Hucisko, Hucisko near Kraków, 1996. Kantor's chair in front of his house, photo: Witold Górka / Forum, full_hucisko_forum_kan_770.jpg
Kantor's summer residence has opened its doors to artists from around the world. The first edition of residencies for artists and curators in Hucisko began this autumn.
Tadeusz Kantor's Year
The first guests have already started their projects. They are Camilia Larson, a researcher and curator from Sweden and a duo of visual artists from Germany consisting of Josh Schwebel and Benny Nemerofsky. Since early October 2015, they have been carrying out research in Hucisko and visiting Cricoteka in Kraków, where they have examined unknown areas of Tadeusz Kantor's artistic interests. The effects of their research will be presented in mid-2016.
In 2015, as many as 68 artists from 30 countries applied for the residency organised by Cricoteka, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Tadeusz Kantor Foundation. Most of the candidates were visual artists connected with video, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and performance.
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Tadeusz Kantor's house in Hucisko was supposed to become a museum devoted to Kantor and his wife Maria Stangret's paintings. However the Kantor Foundation decided to use it as an artistic residence. They wanted it to be a vibrant cultural institution which is normally impossible due to money shortages. The chairman of the foundation, Lech Stangret, has emphasised that they are constantly looking for sponsors who might finance renovations. Before the celebration of The Dead Class's creator’s centenary began, the foundation managed to initiate some maintenance works, but they still have much to do, including renovations of the roof which could cost about 80,000zl.
Situated on a hill, Kantor's house is a half-hectare plot covered with forest and meadows. Architects and builders designed the house according to the artist's ideas. A wooden villa in a Zakopane style is built on a stone foundation similar to a medieval fortification. The outside of the building is interesting due to its white semicircular tower and high chimney. The interior is filled with works by Tadeusz and Maria.
On the ground floor of the three-floor villa, a big white fireplace stands in the corridor. On the same floor, there is also a workshop (which also acts as a living room) and a kitchen with an old stove. On the first floor are Maria's and Tadeusz's bedrooms. Next to the house, there is a 14-metre high concrete chair, one of Kantor's “impossible monuments”.
The year 2015 was declared by UNESCO as the year of Tadeusz Kantor. We celebrated the centenary of his birth on 6th April 2015.
Sources: Polish Press Agency, Cricoteka, edited by AL, translated by ND, 2 Nov 2015