Educational Programme

The educational programme to run alongside the exhibition White as the Colour of Snow will introduce the interested to the concept of emballage, the creative form that was particularly cherished by Tadeusz Kantor. Emballage is the common denominator for most of the artworks displayed at the exhibition. The subject will be covered in workshops for school groups; participants will be encouraged to engage in creative activities based on the idea of ‘wrapping’. An original and critical approach to the concept of emballage will be offered during workshops for adults. They will be conducted by young visual artists who employ this technique in their work on a daily basis.

A unique event in the educational programme is the theatre workshop with Cricot 2 actor Bogdan Renczyński. The point of departure for these meetings will be provided by the performance of Where Are the Snows of Yesteryear, premiered at the opening of the 1979 exhibition in Rome.

Workshops for organized groups

Workshops dedicated to school children at all levels will be run for groups with advance bookings. Bookings are taken Tuesday to Friday by telephone: (12) 442 77 70 (extension 115), or by mail:

In the booking process the supervisor of the group is expected to choose the date of the workshop and one of the subjects listed below.


Price per group: 150 PLN / 180 PLN (including a tour of the exhibition for the whole group)

Duration: 1 h

Workshops are organized for no more than 25 participants.

Workshops take place in Cricoteka’s building, 2–4 Nadwiślańska St.


Primary Schools

All Shades of White

Children will be encouraged to find diversity in the monochromatic universe of whiteness. They will have an opportunity to closely observe textures of different kinds of paper and the effects of light and shadow. They will inspect costumes made by Tadeusz Kantor from paper. Together, we will build a three-dimensional structure of various white components. Eskimos are said to differentiate among a dozen or so shades of white. How many will the participants be able to see?


Wrapped Art

What is the difference between collage and emballage? What artistic potential hides in the act of wrapping? Participants will learn about various creative strategies adopted by Tadeusz Kantor comparing various works displayed at the exhibition. From a paper bag to the persiflage of another work of art – the artist’s output will provide inspiration for children’s’ activities.


Secondary Schools

Theatrical Emballages

The workshop is dedicated to emballage, or the artistic technique that was often employed by Tadeusz Kantor. It involved wrapping, obscuring. Using various materials participants will wrap themselves, creating in groups ‘human emballage’ on a given subject. They will interpret each other’s actions. They will also learn how emballage can be transformed into a theatre etude. They will invent and perform scenes concealing or covering some elements – ‘emballaging’ them.


The Object of Art

How have artistic strategies towards everyday objects changed in the last century? What is the connection between Dada ready-mades and Tadeusz Kantor’s “objects of the lowest rank”? What is the difference between assemblage and emballage? What does the term ‘conceptual art’ mean? The journey through art history will be accompanied by creative activities. Inspiration will come from the exhibits. Participants will build an installation.


Creative workshops for adults

Tickets: 10 PLN per participant (including entrance to the exhibition)

Duration: 2 h

Workshops take place in Cricoteka’s building, ulica Nadwiślańska 2–4. Workshops are conducted in Polish.

For more information contact Barbara Pasterak,, phone no. (12) 442 77 70 (extension 115)


Body as Wrapping

8 April 2017, 5:00 p.m.

The workshop will be preceded by a lecture by Małgorzata Paluch-Cybulska, the curator of the exhibition, offering an introduction to the idea of emballage. It will take place in the exhibition hall at 4:00 p.m.

Inspired by Tadeusz Kantor’s human emballages, we encourage participant to perform a creative investigation into the fields of otherness, corporeality, keeping secret. The objective of the meeting will be to blur the boundary between the body and nonliving things. Participants will made plaster casts of chosen parts of the body to expose the texture of skin, veins, swells and hollows. The casts will stimulate a conversation of structures and forms – the construction of spatial objects uniting various textures and employing the motif of wrapping, securing.

Conducted by Barbara Iwańska – a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. In her work, she explores the areas of artistic book, drawing, installation and painting. She tends to examine human-related and emotional issues. Interested in the motif of pervasion. Frequently draws inspiration from literature and poetry.


Art in Box?

20 May 2017, 5:00 p.m.

The workshop will start with a discussion of the work of artists who used the element of covering/uncovering and worked with objects. Participants will analyze selected objects of the “lowest rank” in terms of their materiality, idea and visual representation. Working in the technique of collage and, consecutively, emballage, they will make their own installations. By deconstructing and reassembling elements, they will attribute new ranks and functions to objects.

Conducted by Emilia Kina – a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Works mostly in painting and photography. Her works frequently allude to old painting and theoretical notions. She uses the motif of painting/curtain, seeing it as an analogy to the picture as the Renaissance window to the world. Emilia is interested in the materiality of the picture, simple form ensuing from complex issues.


Theatre Workshop for Youth and Adults

Where Are the Snows of Yesteryear. The Right Echoes

22 May – 8 June 2017 (afternoons)

The theatre workshop is addressed at students and adults. The fabric of the workshop run by Bogdan Renczyński, an actor of Cricot 2 Theatre, will be the cricotage Where Are the Snows of Yesteryear. Having analyzed archival materials documenting the structure and aura of the performance, participants will create their own etudes. The results of the workshop will be presented during the open show to take place in Cricoteka on 9 June 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


Free admission. More information and the booking form available on

Partner: Staromiejskie Centrum Kultury Młodzieży in Krakow

Exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Polish avant-garde




Media patrons: Magazyn SZUM, Kwartalnik „Konteksty”, Enter the Room,, Lounge Magazyn, TVP3 Kraków, TVP Kultura, Radio Kraków

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