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"The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer" at Kunsthalle, Vienna

by Suzanne on September 16th, 2011


The Big Adventure Story Roman 4 by Jan Švankmajer, 1997-98 - click to enlarge

The main - and sometimes only - reason why I think it's worth putting quite a lot of time, blood, sweat, tears and of course more and more Godzilla bukkake into this blog is because I have a fantastic readership (yes, YOU!).

Just after I posted about the Quay Brothers and mentioned Jan Švankmajer, long-time reader and supporter Kid37 alerted me to a vast Švankmajer retrospective currently on display at the Kunsthalle Wien that's an absolute must-see if you're a Švankmajarian.


Meat Love by Jan Švankmajer, 1989

The great thing about The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer - The Pendulum, the Pit, and other Peculiarities is that not only films will be presented but also a comprehensive selection of his graphic and collaged works from different decades.


Ossuary by Jan Švankmajer, 1970

Švankmajer has always been the best commentator on his own work so let's have him explain what you're going to witness in Vienna:

“Whatever comes out of my subconscious I use it because I consider it to be the purest form; everything else in your conscious being has been influenced by reality, by art, by education, and by your upbringing, but the original experiences that exist within you are least corrupted of all experiences.”

Amen to that, amen. Details below.

On show: Sep 7 - Oct 2, 2011

Address: KUNSTHALLE wien, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna, Austria, tel: +43-1-52189-0, email: office@kunsthallewien.at | Map

Opening hours: Daily: 10 AM - 7 PM

Preview | Images | Press release

Publication: Monograph on Jan Švankmajer’s oeuvre (incl. interview) is now available. 240 pages, app. 100 images, German/English. Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg.

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Quay Brothers' "Through the Weeping Glass" in Philadelphia, New York & L.A.

by Suzanne on September 15th, 2011


Still from Through the Weeping Glass by the Quay Brothers, via Morbid Anatomy

A while ago, the lovely Joanna of Morbid Anatomy fame shared the details for the premiere of Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) - the Quay Brothers' new 30 min documentary film for and about the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum.

Apart from an exhibition at the Mütter itself, there's also going to be three screenings of the new movie, the first one on Sep 22 in Philadelphia at the Mütter, a 2nd one will take place on Sep 24 at the MoMA in New York and the final screening will be presented by L.A.'s fantastic Museum of Jurassic Technology on Sep 27 at the Cary Grant Theatre.

Now, as this has been advertised for a while already, it seems that the screening at the Mütter is sold out but there's a waiting list. The MoMA listing doesn't have any booking information so I must assume it's sold out too and so is the L.A. event. HOWEVER, as we all know from sold-out events, if you are smart and eager enough, I'm sure you can get hold of a ticket... somehow. Darwinism and all that.

And you know why it's totally worth the effort? Cause, yes, the brothers will be present at all three screenings for talks and questions.

Some time after these initial screenings, the film will be made available on DVD with an accompanying booklet. I'll keep you posted on that.

In the highly unlikely case you've never heard of the Quay Brothers, here's the visually epic 2nd part of one of my favourite works by them, Street of Crocodiles from 1986 (1st part is here if you want to watch in context).

And if you like what you see, do check out the works of Jan Svankmajer and Ladislas Starevich - again, only in the unlikely case you live under a rock.