Taduesz Kantor

Galerie de France

Tasdeusz Kantor, a prolific figure in the world of Polish theater, brought to Paris a quartet of plays, a mini-exhibit of posters and videos, a symposium, and two public discussions, as well as an installation of his paintings, drawings, and objects at the Galerie de France. Kantor, now 74 years old, started out as a painting student at the Cracow Fine Arts Academy in the mid ’30s. He formed a clandestine theater company during the war, and worked as a professional set designer for some 15 years, yet he continued his involvement with painting. In 1955, the same year that he founded the Cricot 2 theater company, he turned to abstraction and soon emerged as a pioneer of art informel in Poland.

Just as Kantor the dramaturge remains a visible part of his performances—cueing the actors, moving props around, and, in his most recent works, playing a role as well—Kantor the artist clearly “stages”

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