“THE WORKS LISTED AND DESCRIBED HERE
ARE NOT PROPS.
I HAVE EXCLUDED THIS NOTION FROM THE IDEA OF CRICOT 2 THEATRE
AS AN EXTERNAL ONE.
THESE WORKS WERE NOT CREATED TO MEET THE MOMENTARY AND PASSING NEEDS OF A PARTICULAR PERFORMANCE.
THEY ARE CLOSELY CONNECTED WITH THE IDEAS THAT DEFINE MY
THEY ARE PART OF THE SERIES OF WORKS DEALING WITH A PARTICULAR TOPIC
WHICH CAN BE FOUND IN MUSEUMS.
THEY HAVE A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF INNER TENSION
AND AUTONOMOUS SENSE
EXIST AS INDEPENDENT WORKS OF ART (. . .)”
[Tadeusz Kantor’s statement concerning the objects of the Cricot 2 Theatre which can be found in Cricoteka; original typescript, the Archives of Cricoteka, nr I/000604, p. 1]
The works constitute part of Cricoteka’s collection – in accordance with Tadeusz Kantor’s wishes. He worked on the collection in 1980s. Under his supervision these theatrical objects were renovated, reconstructed and prepared for being exhibited in the Museum of the Cricot 2 Theatre.
The works of Tadeusz Kantor include also a few objects – installations – sculptures (e.g. Edgar Wałpor – Man with Suitcases, Chair from the series Impossible Monuments – prepared in Oslo, Mother’s Portrait, Self-Portrait, Boy at a Desk (also a sculpture for his mother’s tomb), The Classroom – a self-contained work, The Room of Odysseus, Children at Their Desks from The Dead Class ), which were prepared outside the theatre, as autonomous works of art.
The photographs of objects presented in this section are accompanied by Tadeusz Kantor’s comments.
Section prepared by: Anna Halczak
Section translated by: Monika Markiewicz