Must see: Jan Švankmajer in Eye Filmmuseum

Jan Švankmajer. The Alchemical Wedding

Curated by Jaap Guldemond, with Marente Bloemheuvel. In Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam 15 December 2018- 3 March 2019

Jan Švankmajer is one of the most important animation filmmakers in film history. He has created an impressive body of work that greatly influenced many other outspoken filmakers, among them Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton.

Švankmajers works consists animation films, sculpture, graphic art, collage and tactile poetry.  Prague is Švankmajers main source of inspiration is the city of Habsburg emperors, of Kfka, of legends and magic. Decisive influence on the work of Švankmajer are mannerism in art an alchemy in science, Švankmajer combined thes influence with surrealism.

According to him, surrealism is ‘a journey into the depths of the soul’ and centres on actively interpreting our surroundings by means of fantastical ideas and imagination.

Czechoslovakian surrealisme has its roots in a surrealistic group founded in Prague in 1934, with Karel Teige as its chief theoretician.

An impression:

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And more in detail:

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Jan Švankmajer. The Alchemical Wedding

Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam 15 December 2018- 3 March 2019

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