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As much of the rest of the world has decked it­self with the req­ui­site boughs of holly, I feel we can now safely broach Christ­mas ex­hi­bi­tions. A small one to be­gin with, but you’ll have to be quick as it lasts for one day only. GLOW is Dove­cot Ta­pes­try Stu­dio’s Christ­mas de­sign mar­ket, a bring­ing-to­gether of some very fine crafts­peo­ple and artists, rang­ing in dis­ci­pline from ce­ram­ics to jew­ellery, tex­tiles to wood carv­ing. It will doubt­less evoke cov­etous­ness of a very un­sea­sonal na­ture yet will make Christ­mas shop­ping a plea­sure.

Zuzana Blo­chova, tells me that the rooms have been cu­rated to em­body the the­atri­cal­ity of Krum­ba­chova’s own work. In one room, Chytilova’s documentary will screen, in an­other, two artists cho­sen by Panel, the Glas­gow de­sign duo, have cre­ated work in­spired by Krum­ba­chova’s own. Sally Hack­ett, the ce­ramic artist, has cre­ated “a se­ries of small, play­ful ce­ramic sculp­tures” mounted on dif­fer­ent Per­spex plinths un­der the­atri­cal lights and mir­rored dis­play mech­a­nisms.

France-Lise McGurn, whose draw­ing style, Rod­dick tells me, is very sim­i­lar to Krum­ba­chova’s own sim­ple Biro draw­ings, has made two large can­vases, one of them based on the only film Krum­ba­chova di­rected, The Mur­der of Mr Devil.

In the largest CCA space, Krum­ba­chova’s ar­chive is pre­sented, 250 pieces which in­clude many let­ters and frag­ments of let­ters, some of which were pub­lished in her work The First Book of Ester. Draw­ings, beaded neck­laces, tex­tiles and cos­tumes hang in room di­viders or from the ceil­ing. Part of the room is a large mock-up of the kitchen shelf in Mr Devil, the room an em­u­la­tion of the film in a way.

The let­ters are fas­ci­nat­ing, writ­ten to her cat, her many lovers, inan­i­mate ob­jects, her­self, per­sons un­known. Lively, crazy, non­sen­si­cal, oc­ca­sion­ally filled with dark fairy­tales, many in­ten­tion­ally un­sent, they are a snapshot from a wild life touched by pol­i­tics, fem­i­nism and cre­ativ­ity which no one, says Rod­dick, re­ally knows any­thing about. It is a per­ti­nent time, she says, for dis­cov­ery.

A Weak­ness for Raisins: Films and Archives of Ester Krum­ba­chova, Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glas­gow, 0141 352 4900, www.cca-glas­gow.com, un­til Jan 27, Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

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