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Tadeusz Kantor Today

Metamorphoses of Death, Memory and Presence- Translated by Anda MacBride

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Edited By Katarzyna Fazan, Anna R. Burzynska and Marta Brys

This book is a compendium of texts by international authors which reflect on Tadeusz Kantor’s art in a broad range of contexts. The studies include works of prominent art historians, theatrologists and artists. The present revisiting of Kantor’s artistic œuvre reflects a contemporary historiographic approach. The authors place value on individual memory and consider contemporary art outside the traditional boundaries of particular artistic genres. The studies employ the latest strategies for researching theatrical performance as autonomous statements, without a literary anchor. Thanks to this approach, the eschatological and historical issues, crucial to the sphere of reference of Kantor’s Theatre of Death, have acquired a new presence – as art that liberates thinking in the here-and-now.
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Małgorzata Paluch-Cybulska – Tadeusz Kantor: ... Velázquez’s Infantas as Sacred Relics or Madonnas

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Tadeusz Kantor: ... Velázquez’s Infantas as Sacred Relics or Madonnas

Małgorzata Paluch-Cybulska

Jagiellonian University

Las Meninas1 by Diego Velázquez is a painting which has been subject to intensive scrutiny and ceaseless discussion almost from the moment that it was painted in 1656. The apparently realistic composition with a clear message – depicting the infant princess Margarita Teresa surrounded by her maids of honour, with the painter himself standing at his easel; with the royal couple reflected in the mirror – has an ambiguous structure, leaving the viewer with multiple possibilities of interpretation which are not mutually exclusive (fig. 21). The abundant critical literature devoted to the painting since the 17th century ‘fails to link knowledge to understanding’, as Joel Snyder, one of the researchers, observes.2 The body of criticism has selectively been presented in Polish in Tajemnica Las Meninas: Antologia tekstów [Mystery of Las Meninas: Critical Anthology],3 compiled by Andrzej Witko.

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