Exhibition as part of the project Radical Languages

Tadeusz Kantor’s Gallery – Studio, ul. Sienna 7/5, Kraków
The exhibition will run: 7–27 December 2012
Opens: 7 December, 6 pm
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 2–4 pm

Artists:  Tadeusz Kantor (objects), Nathaniel  Mellors (sculpture 7 Ages of Britain, film), Egill Sæbjörnsson (installation: various projections).

Radical Languages – a performative evening
8 December 2012, 5 pm–midnight, Teatr Bagatela, ul. Sarego 7, Kraków

Participants: Yann Chateigné Tytelman (lecture), Sebastian Cichocki (staged lecture), Michael Portnoy (performance), Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys (projections),  Ian Saville (performance), Voin de Voin & Ancelle Beauchamp (performance), Nathaniel Mellors (performance, together with Andy Cooke).

First of all, what links the art of Tadeusz Kantor with contemporary artists? Who is afraid of androids? Are ventriloquists real? Does earth art have anything in common with opera singing? An evening devoted to telling anti-jokes and calling up spirits. The films showing in our cinema will be inspired by Monty Python, folk art and high art. The artists won’t be averse to amateurish displays, kitsch stage design or puppet theatre. We will make a smooth transition from solemn academic discourse to magic tricks. There will be a late-night concert.

Radical Languages – a performative evening
9 December 2012, 6 pm–11 pm, Teatr Bagatela, ul. Sarego 7, Kraków

Participants: Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson (performance), Zhana Ivanova (performance), Elmgreen & Dragset (projection), Nicole Beutler (performance).

This will be the evening when objects get the upper hand. Our cinema will present a star-studded cult production, where Jeff Koons’s Rabbit will meet Giacometti’s Walking Man. Even though some of the objects in the later part of the programme may be down market, they will be used creatively. One of the invited guests will demonstrate the deceptive nature of gas boilers. The grand finale of the evening is bound to send shivers down your spine: a performance called existential gymnastics of the singing body, during which the protagonist will incarnate Antigone, Medea and Gretchen …

Please note that places are limited for events which are part of the Radical Languages project and prior reservation is required. You can book online from 26th November at

Unfortunately, due to the great interest in the performative events on 8 and 9 December, with effect from 6 December we will no longer be able to accept reservations.


In the guide to Radical Languages you can find the most important information about the projects, one of Tadeusz Kantor’s manifestoes, the songs which will accompany the performance of Nicole Beutler, a resumé of Cricoteka’s new activities and nine performance instructions written by Yoko Ono. The artist encourages the spectators to spend the whole day laughing, to create maps of cities in their mind or to watch falling snowflakes … Thanks to her instructions, everybody can become a performer!


MAAIKE GOUWENBERG – is an independent Dutch curator and producer with a strong interest in unruly and performative practices. She finished a BA in Fine Arts, was co-director of Expodium till 2006, and took part in the Curatorial Programme at de Appel arts centre. From 2007 till 2010, she worked at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution on performative artist productions that were shown in Europe and the US. Since 2010 Gouwenberg collaborates with artist Joris Lindhout on the long-term research project Gothic as a Cultural Strategy, which up to now has led to exhibitions, publications, and performances in the US, Brazil and the Netherlands. She is co-founder of A.P.E. (Art Projects Era), short film programmer at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, a committee member at The Mondriaan Fund, and a board member of Enough Room for Space.

JOANNA ZIELIŃSKA – is a curator at the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka. She lives in Kraków. Zielinska is the former Chief Curator at the CoCA in Toruń, Poland. In 2011 she was in residence at International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. She runs a blog about collecting, hoarding and New York City (

Project Radical Languages subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage,
Flemish Representation  at the Belgian Embassy and the Mondriaan Fonds.
Partner: Barka Alrina, Bęc Zmiana Foundation.
Media patronage: Program 2 Polskiego Radia, TVP Kultura, TVP Kraków, Radio Kraków, Gazeta Wyborcza, Karnet,,,, E-splot.