Tuesday, June 6 to Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tailor's Shop : Décor for the film Street of Crocodiles, 1986. photo©Robert Barker

As exemplified by Street of Crocodiles (1986), the Quay Brothers have produced many masterpieces of stop-motion animation that are strange, fantastical, and dark, yet subtly humorous.
Stephen and Timothy Quay were born as identical twins in the US state of Pennsylvania in 1947. In 1965, they enrolled in the Philadelphia University of the Arts, initially majoring in illustration. During this period, they were deeply inspired by an exhibition of Polish poster art hosted by the university in 1967.
Later, in 1969, the brothers moved to England to study at London’s Royal College of Art. With strong Eastern-European influences, including the literature of Franz Kafka, the music of the Czech composer Leoš Janáček, and the films of the Czech animator Jan Švankmajer, they unleashed their talents in animated short films and other works. The brothers are currently based in London, where they are active in a variety of fields ranging from animation and filmmaking to commercials and scenography. They enjoy a cult-like following in Japan as well. This exhibition is Asia’s first fully fledged retrospective of the Quay Brothers’ work, offering a comprehensive portrait of their unique world. It starts with their early illustrations and also includes elaborate decor from their animation production sets, films and scenographic work, which have rarely been showcased in Japan before, the Polish posters that influenced them, and more.


Duration Tuesday, June 6 to Sunday, July 23, 2017
AdmissionGeneral: 1,000 yen (800 yen); University Students: 800 yen
(640 yen ); High-School Students/Seniors 60 and Older: 500 yen (400 yen ); Elementary/Junior-High-School Students: 100 yen (80 yen )
*Numbers inside parentheses ( ) are admission fees for groups of ten or more and for Shibuya residents.
*Elementary and junior-high-school students are admitted free of charge on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays and during the summer vacation.
*Shibuya residents are admitted free of charge on Fridays.
*Persons with disabilities and up to one attendant are admitted free of charge.
ClosedMonday, June 12; Monday, June 19; Monday, June 26; Monday, July 3; Monday, July 10; Tuesday, July 18
Organized by:
The Shoto Museum of Art
With the Cooperation of:
The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama
With the Cooperation of:
I.D.F. Inc.