Papercuts and Silhouettes: Lotte Reiniger, a Pioneer of Animation

Part of a series of talks led by Assistant Curators across the V&A's collections

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  • Monday, 22 April 2024

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Meeting Point, Cromwell Road Entrance, Level 0

  • Free event

Papercuts and Silhouettes: Lotte Reiniger, a Pioneer of Animation photo

Join Tanaya Basu De Sarker, Assistant Curator at Young V&A, for a talk on the art and life of Lotte Reiniger, the pioneering German filmmaker behind the oldest surviving feature-length animated film. Taking inspiration from traditional forms of shadow puppet theatre, as well as German paper-cutting techniques, Reiniger’s stop-motion silhouette films transformed fairytales and operas into captivating animations for the silver screen.

Please be aware there is limited capacity for this event.

Please note, this tour will move to another gallery. For any access assistance, please inform a member of staff at the start of the talk.

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Header image: Black paper silhouette by Lotte Reiniger of two dancers in Lèonide Massine’s ballet Le Beau Danube, 1930s, S.3688-2013 © Victoria and Albert Museum