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Adriana Prodeus, "Themersonowie. Szkice biograficzne", book cover

Semantic poetry is Themerson’s input into world literature, one which was creatively developed by French artists from the OuLiPo group. Thanks to the method begun by the Pole, it is possible to transform quotes from the Book of Ecclesiastes into, say, feminist manifestos. And inversely.

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Stefan Themerson "Wyspa Hobsona"

This is the last novel of the Polish-English writer. Themerson says farewell to his readers, at the same time accepting defeat of his ethics of good manners. There is no hope for gentleness and decency in the world. Humanity is heading towards a catastrophy, and the best proof is what happened on the idyllic Hobson’s Island.

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Adriana Prodeus, Themersonowie. Szkice biograficzne / Themersons. Biographical Essay, publ. Czuły Barbarzyńca

An aptly written book, rich in facts and witty comments – it constitutes a transparent reference position, not just about a mesmerizing art duo, but also the history of 20th century avant-garde in Poland and abroad.

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Animated films are the stuff childhoods are made of. These animations, however, aren't targeted at kids but they're not 'adult' animations either. They're experimental and alternative animations which explore hidden meanings, play with stereotypes, and bring life to inanimate objects in curious worlds.

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Still from Jan Lenica's "Labyrinth", photo: Studio Miniatur Filmowych

Animators are many things. They're poets of imagery and comedians, puppet and stop motion masters, illustrators and experts of 3D technology. Poland boasts an impressive array of well-respected and accomplished animators. Here is a (short) guide to Polish animation.

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The Book Institute presents writings from eight Polish authors who are recognised as classics in their home country, but are thus far little known to a foreign readership. The presentation takes place as part of the London Book Fair, one of the world’s biggest literary events.

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Franciszka Themerson’s experimental comic book Ubu, is continuingly graphically shocking and still surprises with the freshness of its drawings, even though 40 passed since its first publication

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Okładka (nid 7123814)

The Museum of Mazovian Jews will display Franciszka Themerson’s scenography for Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry.

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This online organisation provides information about obscure works of 20th-century literature from Europe in hopes that, with a little publicity, translation and broader distribution will be taken up.

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Okładka (nid 6433047)

The conference "Avant-Garde Visions: The Themersons and Gaberbocchus Press", taking place at Queen Mary University is a scholarly and celebratory event, exploring the significant and diverse contribution to twentieth century avant- garde of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson

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Okładka (nid 3336227)

The exhibition deals with the details, singularity, specificity and individuality of artists and their works in the context of contemporary democracies. It spans the past and present, modern and contemporary art, surveying nonconformist tendencies and the political avant-garde in Poland and Europe.

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Józef Robakowski, photo courtesy of the artist

He makes films, photographs, installations, drawings, objects, and conceptual projects; proponent ridding film of “alien elements” like anecdote, literary forms, and narration.

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Franciszka and Stefan in their studio in Paris, 1938

The writer-painter couple worked together on seminal films in the history of Polish animation, including The Eye and the Ear, completed in 1945.

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