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Pages from storyboard for Julian Józef Antoniszczak’s Jak działa jamniczek (How a Sausage Dog Works), 1971, ink, tempera, and marker pen on paper, open 16 1/2 x 21 1/2".

Julian Józef Antoniszczak

Zachęta National Gallery of Art

Pages from storyboard for Julian Józef Antoniszczak’s Jak działa jamniczek (How a Sausage Dog Works), 1971, ink, tempera, and marker pen on paper, open 16 1/2 x 21 1/2".

Julian Józef Antoniszczak (1941–1987), who signed his films Julian Antonisz, was a cofounder of the famous Studio Filmów Animowanych in Kraków, and known as an animator, a composer, and the inventor of multiple non-camera film techniques, to mention just a few of his creative pursuits. Walking through his recent show in Warsaw, which was the first retrospective presentation of his oeuvre, at times felt like being inside a steam engine. Gallery rooms pulsated to the rhythm of multiple animations and sound tracks accommodated by Paulina Tyro-Niezgoda’s industrial-style exhibition design, based on metal rods, wood, and plywood. The exhibition’s curator, Joanna Kordjak, presented a thoroughly researched selection of films, notebooks (what Antonisz called “idea books”), and the machines that he invented to create non-camera works on 35-mm film, as well as music records scratched directly

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