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8 Dec 2018 - 27 Jan 2019

A Weakness for Raisins: Films & Archive of Ester Krumbachová

Ester Krumbachová was a key figure in Czech New Wave cinema in the 1960s. She contributed significantly to films such as The Party and the Guests, Daisies, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, Witchhammer, and The Murder of Mr. Devil, as a costume designer, stage designer, scriptwriter, author and director. After the 1968 Prague Spring and the subsequent invasion of Warsaw Pact forces, Krumbachová was one of many Czech artists effectively silenced and non-officially banned from Barrandov Film Studios until 1989.

Occasionally finding work in film, sometimes under a friend’s name, she earned money from making amulets. Working with modelling clay and her kitchen oven, she created raw designs that combined many materials in each unique necklace. The pieces demonstrate her interest in alchemy, the esoteric and the transmutation of materials, and relate back to her innovative concepts in costume and set design.

In 1994, she published The First Book of Ester, a collection of ‘intentionally unsent letters or letters forgotten unintentionally’ punctuated by a series of dark fairytales. The archive is full of unsent letters, many torn into small fragments and stored in plastic bags. It seems likely that she made a selection from this collection for the book but much work remains to be done on them and on her communication/non-communication with the intended recipients of the letters. Likewise her fairy tales – often comic, twisted and biting – remain unknown to English speaking audiences and relatively unknown even in her own home country.

Krumbachová has returned to public consciousness recently as her papers, artwork, photography and clothes were donated to create an archive, which is overseen by curators Edith Jeřábková and Zuzana Blochová. The archive is beginning to shed light on Krumbachová’s time, with many topics – agency, magic, materialism, gender, feminism, the interconnected nature of reality, and sensory forms of knowledge – remaining relevant today.

This exhibition is based on the only film directed by Krumbachová, The Murder of Mr. Devil, and displays key elements of her archive within a much broader context as artists ACID PRAWN (Sian Dorrer), Marek Meduna, Sally Hackett and France-Lise McGurn interact directly with, and respond to, her work. An entangled collaboration between Are, Dorrer and Meduna blurs the distinction between artworks, exhibition architecture and design in CCA1 and 3, with Glasgow curators Panel curating CCA2. A Weakness for Raisins will be accompanied by a series of screenings.

Curated by Are Prague and CCA Glasgow with guest curators Panel

CCA Glasgow
Sat 8 December – Sun 27 January 2019

Closed 24 Dec – 6 January inclusive

Tue-Sat: 11am-6pm // Sun: 12noon-6pm
Preview and Launch of the book Green Fox Street by Jan Kolský: Friday 7 Dec, 7pm-9pm


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Film Programme

Tue 11 December, CCA Cinema, Free (ticketed)
6pm - Daisies (CSR, 1966, 73 min)
Direction Věra Chytilová, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Věra Chytilová, production design Ester Krumbachová and Jaroslav Kučera, costume design Ester Krumbachová
7.20pm - The Ear (CSR, 1970, 94 min)
Direction Karel Kachyňa, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová
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Tue 18 December, CCA Cinema, free but ticketed
6pm - Marian (CZ – FR, 1996, 109 min)
Direction Petr Václav, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová and Ondřej Nekvasil and dramaturgy Ester Krumbachová and Hana Jemelíková
7.50pm - Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (CSR, 1970, 73 min)
Direction Jaromil Jireš, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Jaromil Jireš, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová

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Wed 9 January
, CCA Cinema, free but ticketed
6pm - Long Live the Republic! (CSR, 1965, 132 min)
Direction Karel Kachyňa, costume design Ester Krumbachová and Olga Dimitrovová
8.15pm - All My Good Countrymen (CSR, 1968, 115 min)
Direction Vojtěch Jasný, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová
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Wed 16 January, CCA Cinema, free but ticketed
6pm - Coach to Vienna (CSR, 1966, 76 min)
Direction Karel Kachyňa, costume design Ester Krumbachová
7.20pm - Fruit of Paradise (CSR – BE, 1969, 96 min)
Direction Věra Chytilová, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Věra Chytilová, story, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová
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Sat 26 January, CCA Cinema, free but ticketed
2pm - The Murder of Mr. Devil (CSR, 1970, 72 min)
Direction, story, production and costume design, text of the song Yeti Ester Krumbachová, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Jan Němec
3.15pm - Diamonds of the Night (CSR, 1964, 67 mins)
Direction Jan Němec, costume design Ester Krumbachová
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Sun 27 January, CCA Cinema, free but ticketed
2pm - The Party and the Guests (CSR, 1966, 68 min)
Direction Jan Němec, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Jan Němec, story, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová
3.15pm - Witchhammer (CSR, 1969, 103 min)
Direction Otakar Vávra, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Otakar Vávra, production design and text of the military song Flandern in Not Ester Krumbachová
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All films screened with English subtitles

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Exhibition Partners: National Film Archive, Prague; Czech Film Fund; Czech Centre London; The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague; Barrandov Studio; BIONAUT; Czech Television; DW Agency, Prague; Glasgow Film Theatre; MAP Magazine; and Second Run

Supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, the Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Prague City Hall, and the Czech Centre London

Special thanks to Ivo Paik, Anja Kirschner, Jarmila Košnářová, Petr Václav, Václav Šeda – ADES

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More info: http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/a-weakness-for-raisins-ester-krumbachova

Cover image: Digital collage from materials and objects found in the archive of Ester Krumbachová by Marek Meduna

 

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Digital collage from materials and objects found in the archive of Ester Krumbachová by Marek Meduna


Production still from Daisies (CSR, 1966) found in the archive


Production still from The Murder of Mr Devil (CSR, 1970) found in the archive


Portrait of Ester Krumbachová (Probably by Miroslav Lamač)

All images found in the archive of Ester Krumbachová

 

 



Occasionally finding work in film, sometimes under a friend’s name, she earned money from making amulets. Working with modelling clay and her kitchen oven, she created raw designs that combined many materials in each unique necklace. The pieces demonstrate her interest in alchemy, the esoteric and the transmutation of materials, and relate back to her innovative concepts in costume and set design.

In 1994, she published The First Book of Ester, a collection of ‘intentionally unsent letters or letters forgotten unintentionally’ punctuated by a series of dark fairytales. The archive is full of unsent letters, many torn into small fragments and stored in plastic bags. It seems likely that she made a selection from this collection for the book but much work remains to be done on them and on her communication/non-communication with the intended recipients of the letters. Likewise her fairy tales – often comic, twisted and biting – remain unknown to English speaking audiences and relatively unknown even in her own home country.

Krumbachová has returned to public consciousness recently as her papers, artwork, photography and clothes were donated to create an archive, which is overseen by curators Edith Jeřábková and Zuzana Blochová. The archive is beginning to shed light on Krumbachová’s time, with many topics – agency, magic, materialism, gender, feminism, the interconnected nature of reality, and sensory forms of knowledge – remaining relevant today.

This exhibition is based on the only film directed by Krumbachová, The Murder of Mr Devil, and displays key elements of her archive within a much broader context as artists including Sian Dorrer, Marek Meduna, Kateřina Konvalinová, Viktorie Vášová, Sally Hackett and France- Lise McGurn interact directly with, and respond to, her work. A Weakness for Raisins will be accompanied by a series of screenings.
Venue:
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD
Date

From: 8 Dec 2018
To: 27 Jan 2019

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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