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Garage Center for Contemporary Culture presents Jan Svankmajer’s Kunstkammer

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture presents Jan Svankmajer’s Kunstkammer on 21 June–25 August 2013.

Jan Švankmajer is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished filmmakers, set designers and artists working today. He has received international acclaim for his films, which combine a variety of genres, such as live action, stop-motion animation, and puppetry to create scenes that simultaneously shock and captivate the viewer.

Aside from his feature films and animations, Švankmajer works with sculpture, graphic design, collage and gestural poetry. The artist uses both man-made and organic materials, such as animal skeletons, stones, fossils and dried plants, exploring the legacy of Surrealism wherein images from the subconscious reveal both the inner workings of the human mind and its social surroundings, uncovering the dark sides of our existence.

This exhibition reveals the rich diversity of Švankmajer’s practice. Together the works reference a Kunstkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, which were first created during the period of geographic discoveries in the 16th century. Epitomizing the influx of new knowledge from non-Western civilizations, the Kunstkammer brought together objects that defied categorization, perceived as a theater of the world, where art and nature collide.

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture is an independent platform for new thinking in Moscow. Through an extensive program of exhibitions, research, education, and publishing, Garage reflects on current developments in Russian and international culture, creating opportunities for public dialogue and the production of new work and ideas. Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova, the institution is building a unique archive focusing on the development of contemporary art in Russia while pioneering diverse educational projects for families and professionals that are the first of their kind in the country. This provides the foundation from which experimental exhibitions, events, and screenings are initiated.

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture is a non-profit project of The IRIS Foundation.

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture
Gorky Park, 9 Krymsky Val
119049 Moscow, Russia
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