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Publication . Article . 2020

Jan Švankmajer’s Kunstkammer: Every thing means everything

Anna Maria Brzezińska;
Open Access
Published: 11 Sep 2020 Journal: Journal of Education Culture and Society, volume 11, pages 343-352 (issn: 2081-1640, eissn: 2081-1640, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Foundation Pro Scientia Publica

Thesis. Jan Švankmajer’s Kunstkammer is a project with a complex constellation of meaning that defies clear-cut categorization in the context of Pomian’s theory of semiophores.  Discussed concepts. The paper describes the kunstkammer art project created by Jan Švankmajer, a Czech surrealist, in the context of Pomian’s theory of semiophores and compares it to traditional and historical equivalents, using the concepts of micro- and macrocosm, the world as a stage (Theatrum Mundi), hermeticism, and alchemy.  Results and conclusion. Jana Švankmajer’s Kunstkammer should be analyzed primarily in the individual and subjective context, rather than in the social one. Originality/cognitive value of the approach. Pomian has described many examples of traditional kunstkammers, but there are also several modern collections that have not yet been described in the literature.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Czech language.human_language language Originality media_common.quotation_subject media_common Context (language use) Value (semiotics) Art Art history Meaning (existential) Categorization

Library of Congress Subject Headings: lcsh:Education (General) lcsh:L7-991 lcsh:Social sciences (General) lcsh:H1-99


jan švankmajer, kunstkammer, surrealism, krzysztof pomian, semiophores, cabinet of curiosities

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