As part of ŻUBROFFKA International Short Film Festival, we have the pleasure of inviting you to an exhibition.
Jan Švankmajer. Dimension of Dialogue / Between Film and Fine Art
exhibition opening: December 5th, 2018, 7:45 PM
Fama club, 5 Legionowa Street
Jan Švankmajer is one of the most original and celebrated filmmakers in the world. For several decades, a number of his films have influenced other prominent film directors such as Terry Gilliam, John Lasseter, David Lynch and the Brothers Quay, and have received wide international recognition.
His filmography, which consists of 28 short films and 6 feature films, is, nevertheless, just one aspect of his work. Since the end of the 1950s, Švankmajer has developed a very prolific, but coherent, body of work using different modes of expression and techniques such as puppet theatre, creation of objects and assemblage, tactilism, gestural sculpture and marionette puppetry, ceramics, automatic or mediumistic drawing, collage, animated frottage, and text and poetry. These works were created alone or in collaboration with his wife Eva, or through collective activities of the Czech and Slovak Surrealist Group, of which he has been an active member since 1970. The different methods or techniques he uses are not very important to him; they complete each other, creating a whole creative and active “dialogue”, expressing the same obsessions, hopes and fears arising from his childhood. To explain the coherence, the complexity and the universality of his work he once said: Remember there is only one form of ‘poetry’. The opposite is professional expertise. Before you start to make a film, write a poem, paint a picture, create a collage, write a novel, an essay, etc, it is only by cultivating your ability for universal expression that you will be sure to produce a good film.
The exposition is organised in cooperation with the Czech Centre in Warsaw
Idea: František Dryje and Bertrand Schmitt
Design: Studio Marvil