July 23-Oct. 10

Twins Steven and Timothy Quay, better known as the Quay Brothers or Brothers Quay, are two of the most influential stop-motion animators. Born in America but based in London, the Quay Brothers show strong European influences in their work, which has often been described as gothic and surreal. Known to be dark and moody in atmosphere, most of their short films deal with unusual themes — such as the occult, folklore and weird architecture — often relying on visuals and no particular dialogue.

The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama is hosting, for the first time in Japan, a retrospective of the enigmatic Quay Brothers’ work. Visitors will find illustrations, models and videos revealing the brothers’ process from initial sketches to detailed visual story lines.

The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama; 2208-1, Isshiki, Hayama, Kanagawa. Shin-Zushi Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,300. Closed Mon. 046-875-2800; www.moma.pref.kanagawa.jp/en

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