Exposition internationale du surréalisme. Paris, Galerie Beaux-Arts. Janvier-Février 1938.

Paris: Galerie Beaux-Arts, 1938. Octavo (18.8 × 15.5 cm). Staple-stitched printed self-wrappers; 7, [1] pp. Outer leaf loose; somewhat brittle; still about very good, in a fine red Morocco-backed protective cover by Devauchelle. Item #5393

Exhibition catalog for the fourth international exhibition of surrealist art, held in January-February 1938 at the Galerie Beaux-Arts. Organized by André Breton and Paul Eluard, with Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, and Man Ray. Other artists whose work was shown included Jean Arp, Hans Bellmer, Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington, Giorgio de Chirico, Joseph Cornell, Oscar Domínguez, Matta Echaurren, Max Ernst, Georges Hugnet, Marcel Jean, Rene Magritte, Andre Masson, Mesens, Miró, Taro Okamoto, Meret Oppenheim, Wolfgang Paalen, Roland Penrose, Picasso, Man Ray, Remedios Varo, Kurt Seligman, Yves Tanguy, Toyen, Raoul Ubac, and Jind ich Štyrský. The catalog lists 229 works by sixty participating artists listed.

Intended to revitalize the aging movement, the exhibition was extremely ambitious in its presentation, turning the gallery space itself into a surrealist spectacle: "1.200 dusty burlap coal bags stuffed with newspapers were suspended from the ceiling. The gallery was dark, and what light there was came from glowing braziers. Torchlight was required to search out and view the assorted surrealist art works after travelling through a hallway lined with sixteen female mannequins (all dressed by different surrealist artists...), clothed in ways designed to reveal suppressed fetishes..." ("The artist and the museum: muse or nemesis?" in Modern Art, ed. Pam Meecham and Julie Sheldon).

For more on the poetics of this exhibition, see the extensive work by Annabelle Görgen, Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, Paris 1938: Bluff und Täuschung - Die Ausstellung als Werk (2008).

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