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Polish Animation Exhibition Comes to NYC

A Short History of Polish Animation ExhibitionNew York, New York, USAOctober 23 - November 2, 2003

The Museum of Modern Art is holding two exhibitions, A Short History of Polish Animation and A Short History of Polish Avant-Garde and Experimental Film. The Department of Film and Media of The Museum of Modern Art presents an eight-program exhibition of 82 short films from Poland, representing 50 years of creative and subversive animation, avant-garde and experimental filmmaking. For the past five decades, Polish filmmakers have drawn on their nation's rich tradition of graphic art, avant-garde theater, and puppetry to create technically sophisticated, darkly satiric, and fantastical animation. A Short History of Polish Animation is a survey of Poland's finest hand-drawn and computer animation from the past 50 years. The exhibition reveals a wide range of animation forms and techniques: Jan Lenica and Walerian Borowczyk's surrealist visions of the late 1950s and early 1960s; Witold Giersz's vibrant calligraphies of oil-based paint from the 1960s; Jerzy Kucia's jarring juxtapositions of sound and image in the 1970s; Piotr Duma's plaster-plate innovations of the 1980s and 1990s; and Tomek Bagiyski's computer-generated Art Nouveau fantasy CATHEDRAL, nominated for an Oscar in 2002. For more information, contact Paul Power, (212) 708-9847, or paul_power@moma.org.

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