CZECH REPUBLIC. Jan SVANKMAJER (born in 1934).... - Lot 53 - Marie-Saint Germain

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CZECH REPUBLIC. Jan SVANKMAJER (born in 1934).... - Lot 53 - Marie-Saint Germain
CZECH REPUBLIC. Jan SVANKMAJER (born in 1934). Copulating Agates, 1994. Sculpture, mixed media, 64 x 40 x 42 cm. Jan Svankmajer is a world-renowned director whose animated films have influenced the Quay brothers, Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam. From 1964 to date, he has directed and produced nearly thirty short films and seven feature films, which have won numerous awards, including The Possibilities of Dialogue (Grand Prix at the Annecy Animation Festival and Golden Bear for Best Short Film in Berlin) and Something of Alice, his adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (Grand Prix at Annecy, Silver Bear in Berlin). Married to the painter Eva Svankmajera, with whom he participated in the activities of the Czechoslovak surrealist group, he was banned from filming and forced underground by the return of Soviet troops in 1968. Closely watched, his film work was shown to young people as an example of hateful decadent art. In 1989, after the fall of the regime, the MOMA in New York organized a retrospective of his films, the starting point of an international reputation that did not change his demands. His protean plastic work continued in parallel ("the question of the medium does not matter. There is only one poetry and several expressions") is presented to the general public, along with that of his wife, during major exhibitions in Prague in 1998, La Rochelle and Rotterdam in 2001, and Annecy in 2002. Bibliography: Part of a series of natural history, dioramas of chimerical animals under Plexiglas, the Copulating Agates are reproduced in the monograph in Czech and English of the Prague retrospective, Animus, anima, animace, Éditions Arbor Vitae, 1998, page 62, and Shuvankumaieru no sekai [Svankmajer's World], Éditions Kokusho Kankokai, Tokyo 1999, page 126.
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