Der Surrealismus und die primitive Kunst Eine Wahlverwandschaft

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Edited by: Fondation Pierre Arnaud Texts by: Christophe Flubacher, Valentine Plisnier, Ingrid Beytrison Comina, Sophie Leclercq, Suzanne Nouhaud-Duco Graphic Design: Régis Tosetti, Simon Palmieri German 2014, 336 Pages, 344 Ills. Softcover 240mm x 181mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3758-6
| A fascinating encounter: Spectacular works by the Surrealists in a dialogue with non-European tribal art

The Surrealists sought points of reference for the new artistic universe they wanted to create and found them in the cult objects of indigenous peoples, which at the time had not yet been fully explored as works of art. Authentic, inspired by dreams, with a mystical power of expression and magic potential—the Surrealist artists recognized an attitude related to the imaginary in the fantastic objects from Amazonia, Oceania, and Africa; in Indian and Inuit sculptures; or in pre-Columbian finds and made use of them for their own creativity.

The multifaceted publication places spectacular indigenous objects and unique works by around fifty Surrealists in a dialogue and also inquires into how the perception of ethnic art has evolved over recent decades. In her essay, Ingrid Beytrison Comina highlights the importance that André Breton’s extensive ethnological collection in his studio had for the Surrealists. (English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3759-3, French edition  ISBN 978-3-7757-3760-9)


Ausstellung/Exhibition: Fondation Pierre Arnaud, Lens, Crans-Montana 13.6.–5.10.2014