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Moving Image Department #8: Maria Lassnig. My Animation Is an Artform

National Gallery in Prague – Trade Fair Palace (Národní galerie v Praze – Veletržní palác), Dukelských hrdinů 47, Praha 7 - Holešovice, 170 00

  • Exhibition
  • site specific art


  • Fri 16. 2. 2018 – Sun 9. 9. 2018

Coinciding with the retrospective of the prolific oeuvre of the Austrian artist Maria Lassnig (1919-2014) on the 1st floor of the Trade Fair Palace, this exhibition presents her as an experimental filmmaker. In the 1970s, film became a significant part of her artistic practice; nowadays she is considered to be the Grande Dame of Austrian animation film. Her film works contain autobiographical elements, deal in a playful way with women’s role in society and the increasing intrusion of technology in our lives; feature themes of independence, power struggle, and eroticism. At the exhibition, the films are accompanied by drawings, portrayals of the artist herself as a filmmaker, storyboards, notes and diaries, sketches and other props and archival materials, including her 16mm camera.

This is accompanied by a site-specific work by Czech artist, Lukáš Karbus (born 1981). Developed in a response to the cinematic oeuvre of Maria Lassnig, Karbus’ monumental two-part watercolour painting combines the references to the modernist movements with more contemporary associations that recall animation techniques and trick films. The artist oscillates on the edge of abstraction, covering the vast sheets of paper with generous strokes of colour in an almost psychedelic act of unlimited freedom. Paradoxically though, precision and formal rigor remain Karbus’ most precious virtues. 

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