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Lunar Futurism: Costumes, Props & Ephemera from Andrzej Zulawski's On the Silver Globe


EXHIBITION: Saturday 30th March - Saturday 13 April 2019, Mon - Sat, 12-6pm 

OPENING: 29th March 2019, 6pm 


Friday 12th April 2019, 7pm - SCREENING: Na Srebrnym Globie / On the Silver Globe (Andrzej Zulawski, 1988)

Saturday 13th April 2019, 7pm  - EVENT: Featuring an illustrated talk on the production history by Daniel Bird, live discussion with lead actress Grazyna Dylag & the film’s cinematographer Andrzej Jaroszewicz and a reading from a pre-existing unpublished translation of the first volume of Jerzy Zulawski's Lunar Trilogy

“A staggering feat of mise-en-scène”

- Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

Lunar Futurism is an exhibition featuring some of the rare surviving remnants from Andrzej Zulawski’s notorious science fiction masterpiece On Silver Globe (1988).

A grandiose mix of futurism and primitivism, On Silver Globe is the tale of the colonisation of another planet, adapted from the Lunar trilogy novels written by Zulawski’s great uncle Jerzy Zulawski in 1903. It remains to this day, the most wildly ambitious production in Polish film history.

Originally shot during the years 1976-1977, the sprawling scale of Zulawski’s cosmic epic is found in the film’s fantastical costumes, mesmerizing make-up, crude prosthetics, worn by a star studded cast and literally hundreds of extras. He built extensive sets, and traveled to far-flung locations to capture alien landscapes such as the Gobi desert, the Wieliczka salt mine, the Baltic coastline and the Caucasus mountains.

In 1977, as production was nearing completion, to the horror of the director, cast and crew, the film was forcefully shut down, and the costumes and props were ordered to be destroyed by the communist authorities. Despite attempts to shoot the remaining scenes, for many years, the film was all but forgotten.

Almost a decade later Zulawski managed to salvage the film and in 1988 a version of On the Silver Globe was finally screened to the public. He replaced the missing scenes with footage of contemporary Poland’s subways, streets and forests and his own voice-over explantation of the missing narrative. Within the film’s opening lines Żuławski states that the film was “murdered” by his government.

This exhibition brings together five remaining costumes from the film, including those of Andrzej Żuławski’s frequent collaborator and costume designer, Magdalena Tesławska, alongside other rare ephemera from production, including the shooting script and continuity photographs.

The exhibition also features Twarde ladowanie / Crash Landing (1988) an archival thirty minute ‘making of’ documentary, made up from B-roll footage from the production and interviews with cast and crew.

Curated by Daniel Bird & The Horse Hospital, in association with Kinoteka Polish Film Festival.

Costumes courtesy of the Audiovisual Technology Center (CeTA) in Wrocław.

Special thanks: Fixafilm