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Fischer# 4608 - Issued 02-15-2015

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100th Anniversary of Birth of Tadeusz Kantor

This 1.75 zl stamp honors Tadeusz Kantor, Polish assemblage artist, set designer, painter, theatre director, and writer, who was born on April 6, 1915, at Wielopole Skrzynskie.  Educated at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, he is best known for his avante-garde work in stage design, including designs for “Saint Joan” (1956) and “Measure for Measure” (1956).  He used stages that extended out into the audience, as well as mannequins as real-life characters.  His work in other productions included “The Cuddlefish” (1956) and “The Water Hen” (1969).  His “Dead Class” (1975) starred himself as a teacher presiding over a class of apparently dead characters who are confronted by mannequins representing their younger selves.  He had an interesting and unique relationship with Jewish culture, despite being a nominal Catholic;  he incorporated many elements of what was known as “Jewish theatre” into his works.  Among his major writings and manifestos are “The Autonomous Theater” (1963), “Theatre Happening:  The Theatre of Events” (1967), “The Informal Theatre” (1969), “The Zero Theatre” (1970), and “The Theatre of Death” (1975).  The stamp shows a charicature of him smoking in dark blue and gray colors.