Hans Bellmer

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Hans Bellmer

Ed. Michael Semff, Anthony Spira, text(s) by Agnès de la Beaumelle, Alain Sayag, Wieland Schmied u.a.


2006. 280 pp., 295 ills.


23.70 x 28.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-1794-6

The Surrealists’ fascination for dolls and machines resembling 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 began in 1933 to create disturbing dolls out of wax, wood, flax, plaster, and glue, equipped with wigs and glass eyes. Photographs of these fetishistic objects were published in Minotaure, the Surrealists’ magazine, and eagerly supported by members of André Breton’s circle. After emmigrating to Paris, Bellmer developed his erotic obsessions through art, influenced by the writings of the Marquis de Sade and Georges Bataille, and collaborated with his companion, the German artist Unica Zürn. Deeply involved in Freudian discourse, his drawings, lithographs, and photographs investigate psychoanalytical theories around hysteria and transference, and reveal a singular exploration into the relationship between language and body. (German edition

ISBN 3-7757-1793-5)

Exhibition schedule: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, March 1–May 22, 2006 · Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Munich, June 29–August 27, 2006·· Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, September 20–November 19, 2006

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