Hans Bellmer: Exhibition Organised by Centre Pompidou, Musée National D'Art Moderne, Paris ; [in Conjunction with the Exhibition "Hans Bellmer", Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Pinakothek Der Moderne, 29 June - 27 August 2006 ; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 20 September - 19 November 2006]
Michael Semff, Anthony Spira
Centre Pompidou, 2006 - Art - 280 pages
The Surrealists' fascination with dolls and machines that resembled humans is especially evident in the work of Hans Bellmer (1902-1975), the subject of this comprehensive monograph. Rejecting the Nazis' Aryan ideals, the artist spent the years after 1933 creating disturbing dolls out of wax, wood, flax, plaster and glue--equipped with wigs and glass eyes. Photographs of these fetishistic simulacra were published in "Minotaure," the Surrealists' magazine, and eagerly supported by members of Andre Breton's circle. After immigrating to Paris, Bellmer continued to develop his erotic obsessions through his art, now influenced by the writings of the Marquis de Sade and Georges Bataille, and began to collaborate with his companion, the German artist Unica Zurn. Deeply involved in Freudian discourse, his drawings, lithographs and photographs investigate psychoanalytic theories around hysteria and transference and reveal a singular exploration into the relationship between language and the body.
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