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A Weakness for Raisins: Films and Archive of Ester Krumbachová opens at CCA Glasgow this December

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 two of CCA’s gallery spaces, with Glasgow curators Panel curating the third space. A Weakness for Raisins will be accompanied by a series of screenings. A book launch for Green Fox Street by Jan Kolsky will accompany the exhibition preview on Friday 7 December. 

Curated by Are Prague and CCA Glasgow with guest curators Panel. Exhibition partners include 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. With special thanks to Ivo Paik, Anja Kirschner, Jarmila Košnářová, Petr Václav, and Václav Šeda – ADES.

 

A Weakness for Raisins

Films and Archive of Ester Krumbachová 

 

Sat 8 December – Sun 27 January 2019

Closed 24 Dec – 6 January inclusive

Tue-Sat: 11am-6pm // Sun: 12noon-6pm // Preview: Friday 7 Dec, 7pm-9pm // Free

 

Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD 

cca-glasgow.com/programme/a-weakness-for-raisins-ester-krumbachova

 

Double Film Screenings:

 

Daisies & The Ear

Tue 11 Dec, CCA Cinema, Free but ticketed / 15+

Daisies, 6pm 

Direction Věra Chytilová, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Věra Chytilová, production design Ester Krumbachová and Jaroslav Kučera, costume design Ester Krumbachová. 

CSR, 1966, 73 min

The Ear, 7.20pm

Direction Karel Kachyňa, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová. 

CSR, 1970, 94 min

 

Marian & Valerie and her Week of Wonders

Tue 18 Dec, CCA Cinema, Free but ticketed / 15+

Marian, 6pm

Direction Petr Václav, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová and Ondřej Nekvasil, dramaturgy Ester Krumbachová and Hana Jemelíková. CZ – FR, 1996, 109 min

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, 7.50pm

Direction Jaromil Jireš, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Jaromil Jireš, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová. CSR, 1970, 73 min

 

Long Live the Republic! & All My Good Countrymen

Wed 9 Jan, CCA Cinema, Free but ticketed / 15+

Long Live the Republic!, 6pm

Direction Karel Kachyňa, costume design Ester Krumbachová and Olga Dimitrovová.

CSR, 1965, 132 min

All My Good Countrymen, 8.15pm

Direction Vojtěch Jasný, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová.

CSR, 1968, 115 min

 

Coach to Vienna & Fruit of Paradise

Wed 16 Jan, CCA Cinema, Free but ticketed / 15+

Coach to Vienna, 6pm

Direction Karel Kachyňa, costume design Ester Krumbachová. CSR, 1966, 76 min

Fruit of Paradise, 7.20pm 

Direction Věra Chytilová, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Věra Chytilová, story, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová.

CSR, 1969, 96 min

 

The Murder of Mr Devil. & Diamonds of the Night

Sat 26 Jan, CCA Cinema, Free but ticketed / 15+

The Murder of Mr. Devil, 2pm

Direction, story, production and costume design, text of the song Yeti Ester Krumbachová, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Jan Němec. CSR, 1970, 72 min

Diamonds of the Night, 3.15pm

Direction Jan Němec, costume design Ester Krumbachová. CSR, 1964, 67 mins

 

The Party and the Guests & Witchhammer

Sun 27 Jan, CCA Cinema, Free but ticketed / 15+

The Party and the Guests, 2pm

Direction Jan Němec, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Jan Němec, story, production and costume design Ester Krumbachová. CSR, 1966, 68 min. 

Witchhammer, 3.15pm

Direction Otakar Vávra, screenplay Ester Krumbachová and Otakar Vávra, production design and text of the military song Flandern in Not Ester Krumbachová. CSR, 1969, 103 min.

 

All films screened with English subtitles.

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