Henryk Jurkowski - Biennale

Professor Henryk Jurkowski, a renowned scholar and the honorary president of UNIMA (International Union of the Puppet) since 1992, received the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Lifetime Achievement Award for Culture in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to historiography and research into puppet theatre.

The representations with "animated figures" at the Florence Biennale

This was not the first time that the Florence Biennale turned its attention to performances made with “animated figures”. In 2005, Heri Doro, one of the most famous authors of Indonesia’s artistic landscape since the 1980s, participated in the V edition with an installation made up of tri-dimensional figures controlled by strings. Today, Heri Doro is one of South East Asia’ major contemporary artists.

The Puppet Theatre by Henryk Jurkowski

During the IX edition it was a privilege to welcome Henryk Jurkowski, a scholar who has the ability to infuse art criticism and historical research with the irony present in the various forms of puppet theatre of any culture. Professor Jurkowski has examined all sorts of “animated figures”, offering many suggestions regarding the semiotic, aesthetic, perceptual, and cultural aspects of performances set up with or without rendering explicit the interaction between puppets and puppeteers. His interdisciplinary analysis of puppet theatre in its many versions – characterized by different techniques and cultures – has made significant contributions to the understanding, appreciation, and development of this art form.

The “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Lifetime Achievement Award for Culture from the Florence Biennale was the recognition of acknowledging a lifetime dedicated to the study of the puppets, marionettes, and shadows that have been created and animated by artists in every historical epoch.
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