Attention: this exhibition is expected.

Jan Svankmajer

The Alchemical Wedding
Exhibition
15 December 2018 through 3 March 2019
Jan Svankmajer

Steaks, pebbles, iron locks: master animator Jan Švankmajer (Prague, 1934) can bring anything to life. His films are filled with obsession, lust, horror and eroticism, all underpinned by an undercurrent of abuse of power. Eye Filmmuseum presents the exhibition Jan Švankmajer - The Alchemical Wedding devoted to the work of Czech surrealist and master animator.

This is the first major retrospective of his bizarre and dark films and sculptures in the Netherlands. Also on show in the exhibition are a large selection of his tactile objects, collages, prints and sick maps. At Eye Švankmajer’s films will be screened and various talks and events will be hosted.

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In the 1970s, the Czech sensor banned Švankmajer from making any more sinister films of this kind. Despite that, Švankmajer continued to work as a visual artist. “The only fitting answer to the cruelties of life is to ridicule them by using your imagination.” His films have echoes of the worlds imagined by Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) and Edgar Allan Poe, inspiring countless filmmakers, from The Quay Brothers to Terry Gilliam.

about the exhibition

The exhibition at Eye features one big installation in which numerous short films by Švankmajer are screened amidst remarkable sculptures and ‘spirited’ images, together with three Wunderkammers filled with collages, tactile objects, sick maps and ‘medium’ drawings. Švankmajer’s feature films will be screened in the cinemas at Eye.

  • Jan Švankmajer, Virile Games, 1988

  • Jan Švankmajer, The Fall of the House of Usher, 1980

  • Jan Švankmajer , Big Adventure Story, 1997-1998

about the artist

Jan Švankmajer (Prague, 1934) studied from 1950 to 1954 at the School of Applied Arts in Prague, and then puppetry at the Academy of Performing Arts. His fondness for film started while working in a puppet theatre. He used stop-motion for his first short film, entitled The Last Trick (1964), in which two jugglers take part in a heated contest. Švankmajer subsequently continued to experiment with puppetry, animation and avant-garde film techniques, in the process breathing new life into the genre.

for tomorrow, 15 Dec 2018

Attention: this exhibition is expected from 15 December 2018 through 3 March 2019.

exhibition prices

through 31 December 2018

Regular: €10,-
Museumkaart: free
I Amsterdam: free
Cineville: €5,- 
Aged 12-18: €5,-
Children aged 11 or under: free
further reductions

15 through 21 December, members of We Are Public visit the exhibition for free.

school visits

Take a guided tour of the new exhibition in Eye.

Agenda

Sunday, 16 Dec 2018

Saturday, 22 Dec 2018

  • 16:00
    22 Dec 2018
    Otesánek
    film

    Little Otík

    Jan Švankmajer, AU/CZ/BG 2018

    Nature has denied the Horaks their own child, something they have desired for a long time. One day in...

Monday, 24 Dec 2018

  • 16:00
    24 Dec 2018
    Alice
    film

    Alice

    Jan Švankmajer, CSHH/CH/GB/DE 1987

    A free-form interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in WonderlandAlice was...

Friday, 28 Dec 2018

  • 16:00
    28 Dec 2018
    Lunacy
    film

    Lunacy

    Jan Švankmajer, CZ/SK 2018

    The asylum in which the plot of the film takes place is an allegory of modern-day civilization. The...

Saturday, 29 Dec 2018

  • 16:00
    29 Dec 2018
    Conspirators of Pleasure
    film

    Conspirators of Pleasure

    Jan Švankmajer, CZ 1996

    A black comedy on film about people who only abide by the principle of pleasure – making it a film...

Tuesday, 8 Jan 2019

Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019

  • 21:30
    16 Jan 2019
    Insect
    film

    Insect

    Jan Švankmajer, CZ 2018

    Jan Švankmajer incorporates classic Czech literature in his ‘extension’ of a play by the Čapek...

Thursday, 17 Jan 2019

  • 19:00
    17 Jan 2019
    Faust Lesson
    film

    Lesson Faust

    Jan Švankmajer, CZ 1994

    Jan Švankmajer, the Czech animator and visual artist tackles the Faust myth and provides it with a...

Saturday, 2 Feb 2019

  • 16:00
    2 Feb 2019
    Otesánek
    film

    Little Otík

    Jan Švankmajer, AU/CZ/BG 2018

    Nature has denied the Horaks their own child, something they have desired for a long time. One day in...

Thursday, 7 Feb 2019

  • 19:00
    7 Feb 2019
    Faust Lesson
    film

    Lesson Faust

    Jan Švankmajer, CZ 1994

    Jan Švankmajer, the Czech animator and visual artist tackles the Faust myth and provides it with a...

Saturday, 16 Feb 2019

  • 16:00
    16 Feb 2019
    Lunacy
    film

    Lunacy

    Jan Švankmajer, CZ/SK 2018

    The asylum in which the plot of the film takes place is an allegory of modern-day civilization. The...

Sunday, 3 Mar 2019

  • 16:00
    3 Mar 2019
    Jan Svankmajer
    special

    Artist Talk

    special, NL 2018

    The master himself comes to Eye: Jan Švankmajer talks in depth about his work. The evening concludes...

Full programme

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Attention: this exhibition is expected.