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Major Majewski

Polish filmmaker Lech Majewski’s best-known work in the States is the film “Basquiat,” the 1996 fictionalized portrait of the artist based on a story co-written by Mr. Majewski, who also helped produce.

That’s starting to change. In May 2006, New York’s Museum of Modern Art held the first American retrospective of the work of the renaissance man, who also writes poetry and music, paints and directs for the stage. The National Gallery of Art is presenting the District premiere of Mr. Majewski’s work this weekend and next.

MoMa, in its exhibition notes, said of the director’s work, “His stylized moving-image works eschew language in favor of music and fantastically expressive landscapes, both domestic and topographical. His imaginative features … are distinguished by a unique sensibility hovering not only between the absurd and the metaphysical, but also the beautiful and the profane.”

Intrigued? Then you’ll want to attend one of the three screenings this weekend at the NGA’s East Building Auditorium, where the director himself will make an appearance.

The medieval-inspired “The Knight” and “The Roe’s Room,” an autobiographical opera, will screen tomorrow, while “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” about an art historian obsessed with the Hieronymus Bosch painting, will screen on Sunday. One week later, “Angelus,” described by MoMa as about “a community responding to World War II and Stalinism with primitive metaphysics,” will run.

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