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FIRST TIME IN NORTH AMERICA:
POLISH AVANT-GARDE FILM BEFORE 1945


Tuesday, March 18, 2003
Tour opening at 7:30PM

UC Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA Tel: 510.642.1412

The Polish Cultural Institute, in a co-presentation with Pacific Film Archive of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum, is launching a North American tour of eight rare avant-garde films made by Polish artists and filmmakers before 1945. Most of them have never been seen in the United States before.The tour opens on March 18, 2003, at the Pacific Film Archive theater in Berkeley in conjunction with the presentation from March 8 through May 18 of the exhibition, Leonardo and the Splendor of Poland at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.


The film retrospective joins other events like the presentations of video/performance artist Piotr Wyrzykowski in providing a thought-provoking counterpoint to the larger exhibition of old masters. These rarely seen films, including reconstructions of works destroyed during the war, are exciting examples of early efforts by Polish artists to find a purely filmic language, even when done in the service of commercial advertising or anti-Fascist propaganda. The collection includes several works by the prominent writer-painter team of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson. Subsequent showings will include the Los Angeles Filmforum on March 30, Ontario, Canada, on April 30, Chicago in June, and Buffalo and at New York's MoMA in October.


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