‘Švankmajer: The Last of the Great Surrealists’ in New Eastern Europe

My article on the recent Švankmajer exhibition in Prague has just been published in New Eastern Europe magazine’s Spring 2013 issue. “The Last of the Great Surrealists: Jan Švankmajer: Dimensions of Dialogue – Between Film and Fine Art” is about the Czech artist and filmmaker’s extremely diverse art and film work as well as his place in Surrealism almost a century after the movement’s birth. I probably should have put a question mark after the title – “The Last of the Great Surrealists” – but I didn’t, so Surrealists, don’t be offended; you might be great. In fact, I hope you are.

The current issue magazine is available for iPads and Google Play and will be on newsstands worldwide from April 2.

The issue also contains book reviews of literalab’s favorite book of 2012 Selvedin Avdić’s Seven Terrors as well as of Polish writer Joanna Bator’s Ciemno, prawie noc (Dark, Almost Night).

There is also an essay titled “A Word in Search of Flesh: Solidarity” by Zygmunt Bauman, a piece about Balkan poets by Vesna Goldsworthy and a conversation with Marina Litvinenko among many other interesting articles.

You can see the full table of contents here and get purchase and subscription details here.

Photo – A Biological Cabinet, Object by Jan Švankmajer, courtesy of Prague City Gallery

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