Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Metamorphosis: Fantasy Visions in Starewitch, Švankmajer and the Quay Brothers

This video explores last years exhibit featuring the works of master stop motion animators Ladislas Starevich, Jan Svankmajer and the Quay Brothers.

"Metamorphosis presents the works of four key figures in the field of animated films: the pioneering Polish animator (born in Russia) who made his home in Paris, Ladislas Starewitch (1882-1965), the Czech master, Jan Švankmajer (1934), and the Quay Brothers (1947), who were born in Pennsylvania but have lived in London for the past three decades. Three unique filmographies that, nonetheless, have a great deal in common: an eccentric universe of slumber where innocence, cruelty, voluptuousness, magic and madness coexist. A troubling, poetic, lucid and, at times grotesque, at times phantasmagorical, landscape of people who love the unproductive and futile." - quote taken from the CCCB webpage devoted to the exhibit.

"After I went to Prague to suggest the show to him, Švankmajor wrote me this wonderful letter saying that he envisaged it like a huge cabinet of curiosities. He said, 'at museums you learn things, but with a cabinet of curiosities you experience them'. Museums tend to impose a 'rational' order on exhibits by putting the same sort of things together, we wanted to juxtapose different kinds of objects: a Goya print with a shell; a painting with an African mask, inviting imaginative narratives between them. Švankmajer created his own cabinet of curiosities for the show. He brought 150 objects over from Prague that represent some 10% of his own private collection!" - source
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Photos of Jan Svankmajer's shell and bone sculptures found here and here.
Additional photos of Svankmajer and Starewitch exhibits found here. 


Plague said...

These people are geniuses

tieser said...

awesome. thanks so much for adding this!

Unknown said...