Metamorphoses of Death, Memory and Presence- Translated by Anda MacBride
Edited By Katarzyna Fazan, Anna R. Burzynska and Marta Brys
Klaus Dermutz – ‘The Horror of War and/of The World, with the Circus Mixed.’ Reflections by Anselm Kiefer on Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre
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‘The Horror of War and/of The World, with the Circus Mixed.’1 Reflections by Anselm Kiefer on Tadeusz Kantor’s theatre
To mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Tadeusz Kantor and for the purpose of the international symposium Tadeusz Kantor Today in Krakow, it seems apt to discuss the impact of the artist’s theatre. I would like to focus on the ways in which Kantor’s art has left an impression on the mind of the painter Anselm Kiefer, who remarked that Kantor’s productions have provided him with some of the ‘most wonderful moments’2 of his life. In one of our conversations, which was recently published in the book Die Kunst geht knapp nicht unter3 [Art Is Barely Keeping Its Head above Water], Kiefer observed, ‘Kantor’s theatre is the greatest of all time.’ ‘Today’ is as tied to the past through the traces of memory as it is connected with Kantor’s ‘Clichés of the future’4:
1947, immediately after the war
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