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Labyrinth: A Night of Polish Animation

Join us for a night dedicated to Polish animated short films. Free screening. Come and go as you please.

Screenings begin at 8PM.

About “Labyrinth”:

Jan Lenica
15 min

One of the leading examples of reflective philosophy in Polish animation. The picture embodies symbolism, taking viewers on journey into the depths of an anti-utopian metaphoric world. Jan Lenica’s masterpiece, with its artistically brilliant images and rich layers of meaning, may be read as a totalitarian reality of a city-labyrinth that is in confrontation with an individual who seeks freedom.

Adopting the technique of collage and cut-outs, the artist was able to re-create the formidable and fascinating world of the “Labirynt / Labyrinth”. The animated world is composed using the artists original recognisable style, characteristically loaded with symbolism and meaning. In a survey taken within a circle of critics at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy) in 1973, the film was ranked as the fifth best ever animated film in the world. – http://culture.pl/en/work/labyrinth-jan-lenica

About Jan Lenica:

Jan Lenica was born in 1928 in Poznań, the son of musican and painter Alfred Lenica. He died 2001 in Berlin. He graduated from a secondary school of music in Poznań in 1947 and from Warsaw Polytechnic in 1952. He started to contribute drawings to publications in 1945, published critical assessments of drawings, prints, posters and cartoons from 1948, and took over as art editor of the satirical journal Szpilki in 1950. He was appointed Assistant at the Chair of Poster of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 1954.

In 1957, with Walerian Borowczyk, he made his first animated film. Having made several more, and having experienced problems with their release, he settled abroad, in Paris. He lectured on poster art at Harvard University in 1974. From 1979 to 1985 he was head of the Chair of Animated Film at Kassel University in Germany, and from 1986 to 1994 he was Professor of Posters and Graphic Arts at the Berlin Hochschule der Kunste.

Lenica took an interest in many arts. A noted director of animated films, he stood out as one of the finest artists of the Polish school of posters, and made satirical drawings and book illustrations and designed theatre costumes. His posters, prints and drawings were shown at exhibitions in Poland and abroad. His art earned him awards including those of the Warsaw Poster Biennial, Karlovy Vary Film Festival and the Jules Cheret award in Annecy. His lifetime achievement was recognized with the Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation Award in New York City in 1987 and with the Smok Smokow Award of the Kraków Short Film Festival in 1999. – http://culture.pl/en/artist/jan-lenica


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