Das Kabinett des Jan Švankmajer

7/9 2011 — 2/10 2011
Museumsquartier / Halle1

The Pendulum, the Pit, and other Peculiarities

The Czech animation filmmaker Jan ŠŠvankmajer (*1934), is one of the internationally most renowned practitioners within the genre. The spectrum of his creative activity ranges from political films to lyrical works and works based on adaptations of literature, and on to lyrical explorations of his filmic material. His shorter films, often leaning towards the surreal, dissolve logical contexts of meaning, construing, instead, weird, dreamlike stories that appear to exist outside the confines of space and time. He breathes life into dead matter, and goes in search of those morbid traits in the living that suggest the dark side of existence, the uncanny, and the labyrinthine ways of the psyche. These unfamiliar perspectives give birth to incomparable, fairytale-like satires.

Curator: Gerald Matt

Exhibition Catalogue (Out of Stock):
published by Ursula Blickle, Ursula Blickle Stiftung. Gerald A. Matt, Kunsthalle Wien 2011
with texts by: Gerald A. Matt, Hans-Joachim Schlegel, Jan Švankmajer, Bert Rebhandl, Gaby Hartel, Norbert M. Schmitz, Vratislav Effenberger and an interview with Jan Švankmajer
240 pages, app. 100 images, German/English
Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg

Guided tours: every Sunday 4pm