The Quay Brothers: Phantom Museums

Art, Film and video
クエイ兄弟 -ファントム・ミュージアム—
クエイ兄弟 -ファントム・ミュージアム—
クエイ兄弟 —ファントム・ミュージアム—

Even after more than 30 years of making art for a public eye, there’s an air of mystery surrounding the Quay Brothers. That’s partly due to the enigmatic disquietude of their most celebrated films, from stop-motion shorts such as 1986 Palme d’Or–nominated Street of Crocodiles to live-action features like 2005’s dark fairy tale The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes. It’s also due to the fact that these twins anonymously toil away, one frame at a time, in their secluded London studio. Now in their late 60s, the Quays betray a strong Eastern European influence in their works, which often touch on themes like the occult, folk beliefs and weird architecture. Fittingly enough, their first retrospective exhibition in Tokyo is held in the quiet halls of Shibuya's Shoto Museum, where you can admire props and set design materials alongside an extensive selection of films.


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