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  • Tadeusz Kantor, Bike/Mannequin of a Boy on a Bike, 1975.

    Tadeusz Kantor

    Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
    Limmatstrasse 270
    August 30–November 16

    Curated by Heike Munder

    Since his death in 1990, the Polish avant-garde theater director, actor, and artist Tadeusz Kantor has received growing international attention as a visual artist, as if his plays and colorful, complicated stage persona prevented his assemblages, paintings, drawings, and Happenings from being fully appreciated during his lifetime. Some sixty important works, dating from the late 1940s to the mid-’80s, have been brought together for this ambitious survey, which considers his disparate oeuvre as a Gesamtkunstwerk: Arranged thematically rather than chronologically, the show is intended to reveal the interconnections among his diverse artistic creations. While rooted in traumatic memories of World War II, Kantor’s art also conveys the voracity with which he absorbed the major tendencies in postwar art, incorporating them into his own practice.