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Grand Guignol: An Exhibition Celebrating the Legendary Theater of Terror [Exhibition Catalog]


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Grand Guignol: An Exhibition Celebrating the Legendary Theater of Terror
October 2010, 1st edition
32pp, full color
Limited edition of 1000
Printed using recycled materials.

Mutilation... Hysteria... Disease... They all made their home at Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol! The Grand Guignol was a 19th century Parisian theater that shocked and aroused audiences with productions blending macabre horror and flirtatious sex. Its legacy has inspired contemporary artists from all backgrounds including Tim Burton, Clive Barker, and Marilyn Manson. To celebrate its blood-soaked legacy, Century Guild presents an exhibition book honoring the legendary theater. Original and rare artifacts for The Grand Guignol as well as grim antique lithograph posters and works on paper by the likes of Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Mucha (turn of the century icons in the world of Secessionist and Art Nouveau art whose work continues to inspire) from Century Guild's inventory are included in this limited edition exhibition book. Along with the antique artworks featured in the show, a select group of notable contemporary talents are featured: Dave McKean (groundbreaking multi-media artist best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's legendary comic book series The Sandman and his feature film for the Jim Henson company, MirrorMask), Gail Potocki (award winning Symbolist painter, The Union of Hope & Sadness: The Art of Gail Potocki) and Chris Mars. These artifacts are indisputably some of the most rare, romantic, and inspiring art anywhere -- very rare and very special posters from the early years of The Grand Guignol, so rare that many have not previously been documented.