The exhibition presents excerpts from the oeuvre of the Quay Brothers, masters of puppet-, object- and light-animation, secreted in dioramas, revealed in drawings and films.
The Quay Brothers were born in Pennsylvania. They studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, where they live and work. They create incomparable and innovative animated films which feature their supreme concern for details, unparalleled approach to texture and colour, meticulous editing and extraordinary feeling for music. The surreal atmosphere evoked by their films obliterates the boundaries between dream and reality, reinforced by their unconventional approach to narrative. Their visual inspirations are rooted in Polish graphic art and Eastern and Central European animation and puppetry. The works of Bruno Schulz, Robert Walser and Franz Kafka, writers of the “enchanted Galician triangle” and Felisberto Hernandez, the forerunner of magical realism, are major literary influences.
Apart from animated and live action films, the Quay Brothers create installations and design decors for opera, theatre and ballet.
Curated by Małgorzata Sady
Curatorial assistance: Leszek Mądzik
Exhibition arrangement: Marcin Moszyński, Barbara Wybacz
Project coordination, assistant to the curator: Bartosz Wójcik
Project assistance: Agnieszka Gołoś
Film programme: Monika Sawka
Marketing coordination: Maja Kurczuk
Poster: Rafał Rola
Produced by the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin spotkaniakultur.com
Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw
The Art of Poster – Piotr Dąbrowski
Patronage: British Council Polska
The exhibition features works by Bruno Schulz, which have been kindly leased by the Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw, and Polish posters from the collection of Piotr Dąbrowski, curator and owner of “The Art of Poster” Gallery (http://www.theartofposter.com).
This exhibition accompanies the Third Festival of Set and Costume Design Stage Under Construction and constitutes one of its premieres.
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.