Identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay, better known as the Quay Brothers, are influential stop-motion animators, internationally renowned for their inventive, other-worldly films that merge objects, puppets and people from real life with gloomy fantasies and haunted visions. From 15 December 2013 to 9 March 2014, EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam presents a major exhibition, The Quay Brothers Universum, showcasing the Quay Brothers’ intriguing works as well as their sources of inspiration and curiosities. The Quay Brothers’ Universum book, published 14 December 2013 coincides with the exhibition and offers a fascinating insight into the extraordinary universe of two of the world’s most original filmmakers.
EYE is the first museum in Europe to devote extensive attention to the Quay’s universe. Besides their short films and film fragments, the exhibit will also feature their “Black Drawings”, beautiful sculptural sets, Dormitoriums, works on paper and other material from the Quay’s studio. The exhibition aims to explore the interdisciplinary practice of the stop-motion animators, digging deeper into their fascination with literature, music, graphic design and curiosity cabinets. In addition to artefacts from scientific collections, medical devises and literary documents, Polish posters, old Eastern-European animated films, drawings by the mentally ill, and objects from Sir Henry Wellcome of London’s anatomy and pathology collection will also be on display.
1. The Quay Brothers, courtesy of EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam.