The exhibition in the Teplice Regional Museum, located in the beautiful building of an old castle, opened its doors to the public already a week ago, but today was the day of the official opening. The curators Michaela Mertová and Milan Svatoš as well as members of Jiří Trnka’s family met with international festival guests as well as local personalities and admired the newly restaured original puppets and screenplay sheets. The exhibition will be open till 14 May – and since its an unique occasion to see some exhibits which were never displayed in public before, it’s a must see not only for Jiří Trnka’s admirers.
Jan Šrámek and Martin Búřil are filmmakers who have been independently oscillating between narrative and experimental animation for some time. In their joint projects, they search for the deepest connection between the two forms, whether in films, videos or gallery exhibitions. The collection for the Duchcov Chateau called Laputoidy (Laputoids) is an audio-visual response to the troubled history of the landscape and the surroundings of this north Bohemian town. Through a significant exaggeration that simulates two views of the chateau garden, they provide visitors insight into Duchcov architecture, show changes in the environment and outline alternatives of possible future transformations to Duchcov’s surroundings. Jan Šrámek’s distinctive illustrative design is first time ever fully manipulated and animated by Martin Búřil.
Film-maker Jiří Trnka, Estonian Puppets, living history of Duchcov castle and an interactive comics – exhibition at this year’s AniFest
The accompanying programme of this year’s festival is all about puppets – and the exhibitions are no exception.
The Regional Museum in Teplice will on 19 April open an unique exhibition of puppets, sketches, scripts and photographs from family archives of Jiří Trnka descendant’s. The curator of the exhibition, which covers the whole career of „film poet“ Jiří Trnka, is Michalea Mertová from the National film archive.
Puppets will domesticate also the old castle in Duchcov. From March 31 you can visit an exposition of puppets from famous Estonian studio Nukufilm. The exhibition was exclusively lend to Czech Republic on the occassion of the 50th anniversary of the studio and will accompany the retrospective of Estonian animation. Authors as well as the representatives of Estonian Embassy in the Czech Republic will be present.
Together with the Nukufilm exhibition, puppets and complete decorations from the newest film Faruza by Katariina Lillquist will be displayed in the Giacomo Gallery of Duchcov Castle.
And Duchcov one more time – „Laputoids“ is an unique audivisual work designed for the permanent exposition of the castle. North-bohemian landscape and the history of the place are made alive through animation by young Czech artists Martin Búřil and Jan Šrámek.
And finally, back to Teplice – the Gallery in Teplice Culture House will offer first opportunity to see (and touch!) an experimental adaptation of popular children’s book by Ivan Vyskočil „Little Alenáš“. The author of the adaptation is Matyáš Trnka, who also created this year’s festival spot and visual. Original illustrations will be displayed together with an extract of the upcoming digital and interactive version of this unusual comic-book.