A Weakness for Raisins - Films & Archive of Ester Krumbachová

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Installation view, Photograph: Alan Dimmick

About

Ester Krumbachová was a key figure in Czech New Wave cinema during the 1960s, contributing significantly as a costume designer, stage designer, scriptwriter, author and director. After the 1968 Prague Spring, she was one of many Czech artists effectively silenced and non-officially banned from Barrandov Film Studios until 1989. 

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 (ARE Events). 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.

Letters to Ester

Exhibition

7 December 2018 - 27 January 2019

CCA, Glasgow


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Installation view, Photograph: Alan Dimmick
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Detail of Ester Krumbachová's costume design drawings and amulets, Photograph: Alan Dimmick
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Installation view, Photograph: Alan Dimmick

Commissions

Focusing upon a series of pen drawings by Ester Krumbachová and on costume from the Barrandov Film Studios Costume and Props Collection, Panel commissioned new work by France-Lise McGurn and Sally Hackett that makes reference to friendship, power, authorship, alchemy and style.

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Drawings, Pen on paper, Ester Krumbachová, Date unknown, Photograph: Alan Dimmick
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Couples Arguing one, two, three, four and five, Clay ceramic sculptures, Sally Hackett, Photograph: Alan Dimmick
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One sleeve shorter than the other Oil, spray, marker and acrylic on canvas with crochet frame, France-Lise McGurn, Photograph: Alan Dimmick
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Marie on the Menu Oil, spray, marker and acrylic on canvas with crochet frame France-Lise McGurn, Photograph: Alan Dimmick
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Ur Not Invited and Dinner Party, Clay ceramic sculptures Sally Hackett, Photograph: Alan Dimmick
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Babe What Are You Thinking, Clay ceramic sculpture, paper sculpture Sally Hackett, Photograph: Alan Dimmick

Partners

Curated by Are Events Prague and CCA Glasgow with guest curators Panel

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; the 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