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Eva Švankmajerová

1940-2005 (CZECHOSLOVAKIA)

EVA ŠVANKMAJEROVÁ WAS AN ICONIC CZECH PAINTER, WRITER, PUPPETEER, CERAMICIST AND POLYMATH, WHOSE DREAMLIKE LANDSCAPES WERE FILLED WITH NEO-SURREALIST THEMES, AND EXPLORED THE ROLE OF WOMEN AFTER THE FALL OF THE IRON CURTAINŠVANKMAJEROVÁ FOUND INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS, IN PARTICULAR FOR HER WORK WITH HER CREATIVE PARTNER AND HUSBAND, THE SURRREALIST FILMMAKER JAN SVANKMAJER. RARELY EXHIBITED OUTSIDE THE CZECH REPUBLIC, THE COMMUNICATION OF DREAMS IN 1992 WAS THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO SEE ŠVANKMAJEROVÁ’S WORK IN BRITAIN. SIX YEARS LATER, THE COUPLE COLLABORATED ONANIMA, ANIMUS, ANIMACE, A JOINT EXHIBITION WHICH TOURED THE CZECH REPUBLIC. ŠVANKMAJEROVÁ’S WORK WAS RECENTLY CURATED IN MOVE LITTLE HANDS MOVE (2020) AT THE KUNSTHALLE IM LIPPSIUSBAU IN DRESDEN, GERMANY.

Tranchée Racine, Halle Saint Pierre (Paris) 2021

Eva Švankmajerová, Baradla Cave, Twisted Spoon Press, 2001 (originally distributed 1980)

Eva and Jan Švankmajerová, Evašvankmajerjan: Anima Animus Animation, Between Film and Free Expression, Slovart, 1998