The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb



Gorgona Hall, Thursday, June 9th 2016, 7 PM

Entrance is free!

Program: The Prince (2014)

Total running time: 71 min, HD
Director: Karol Radziszewski

Screenplay: Dorota Sajewska

Cinematography: Michal Stajniak

Editing: Marek Sobolewski

Sound: Kamil Radziszewski

Cast: Klara Bielawka, Maria Maj, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Paweł Tomaszewski, Teresa Nawrot

Producer: Karol Radziszewski

The Prince project is attempt to take another look at mythical theatre director Jerzy Grotowski – through examining his most famous actor, Ryszard Cieślak. His role in The Constant Prince (1966) was a breakthrough in his development as an actor, and a clear example of how radical Grotowski was in the way he worked with the body. Radziszewski reconstructs Cieślak’s biography on the basis of surviving fragments of performances, recordings of rehearsals, letters, and interviews. The Prince project is based on archival materials and, at the same time, it is improvised and played out, in order to blur the borders between historical facts and potential fantasies. In the frame of The Prince project Radziszewski also recalls the Polish Thanatos - the last performance of the "Laboratory Theatre" group, directed by Ryszard Cieślak and featuring Teresa Nawrot, the actress, who was Grotowski's long-time assistant and Cieślak’s lover.

More info about the film:

KAROL RADZISZEWSKI (1980) lives and works in Warsaw (Poland) where he received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2004. He works with film, photography, installations and creates interdisciplinary projects. His archive-based methodology, crosses multiple cultural, historical, religious, social and gender references. Since 2005 he is publisher and editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine. Founder of the Queer Archives Institute. His work has been presented in institutions such as the National Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Kunsthalle Wien; New Museum, New York; VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo; Cobra Museum, Amsterdam; Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow and Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. He has participated in several international biennales including PERFORMA 13, New York; 7th Göteborg Biennial; 4th Prague Biennial and 15th WRO Media Art Biennale.

More info about the artist:

ARTISTS’ CINEMA is a screening program at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb established in 2012, aimed at introducing contemporary artists and their cinematic works, created at the meeting point of contemporary art and cinema, of film and visual arts. The program presents recent works of film/video outside the context of production of entertainment and spectacle as well as introducing historical perspectives and developments. It completes the programming of the Museum and complement the presentation of this hybrid form. It is aimed to intensify the dialog and exchange on the cultural scene of the city, connecting artists, curators, and critics with the public; in this way it will contribute to an active internationalization of the art scene engaged in the media of moving images.

ARTISTS’ CINEMA project manager: Tihomir Milovac, senior curator MSU

PERFORMING THE MUSEUM curator: Jasna Jakšić, MSU curator

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This project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

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