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International Film Festival

Krakow 21-26 XI 2023

Themersons - masters of world avant garde and animation

Added: November 17, 2017

We are reminding about creative achivements of avant-garde Polishartists - Stefan and Franciszka Themerson. On Małopolska Garden of Art movies directed by couple will be screening. Also in Pauza in Garden exhibition called “Franciszka and Stefan Themerson. The urge to create visions – scene 5” is available to visit till 30th of November.



Stefan (b. 1910) and Franciszka (b. 1907) Themerson met in Warsaw in the late 1920s. Franciszka had graduated in painting at Warsaw Fine Art Academy and Stefan had studied physics and architecture. They married in 1931, and apart from a break in 1940-42, the remainder of their lives involved a succession of remarkable collaborations. Around 1930 they started to collaborate in experiments in photography and film, and became pioneer members of the Polish cinematic avant-garde. Their early works, many of which are now lost, combined an innovative use of photograms, photography and photo-collage techniques.

Among their many artistic achievements, the films of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson stand out as significant contributions in the history and development of European experimental cinema.

During the festival we are going to show You four of Themerson's movies: “The adventures of a good citizen” (1937), “Calling Mr Smith” (1943), “The Eye&The Ear” (1945), “Stephan + Franciszka” (1975), and a documentary of Erik van Zuylena “Stefan Themerson and language”' (1976).


25th November (Saturday), 08.00 pm.
Malopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room



Exhibition “Franciszka and Stefan Themerson. The urge to create visions – scene 5”

The exhibition presents the film output of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, the most important representatives of the film avantgarde of 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition comprises photograms and collages (made since 1928) from which it all started.


2-30 November 2017
Pauza In Garden, 12 Rajska Street



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