Hans Bellmer


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Sade
20 Nov 2012 - 13 Apr 2013

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Probably the most important Thinker for Bellmer and the Surrealist was Marquis De Sade. Sade understood all the main ideas Nietzsche and Freud made famous the importance of power, the subconscious and the overwhelming obsession with sex. As such Bellmer devoted two important etching cycles in praise of Sade. This exhibition has the complete sets and a few choice drawings.

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Probably the most important Thinker for Bellmer and the Surrealist was Marquis De Sade. Sade understood all the main ideas Nietzsche and Freud made famous the importance of power, the subconscious and the overwhelming obsession with sex. As such Bellmer devoted two important etching cycles in praise of Sade. This exhibition has the complete sets and a few choice drawings.

 We question the idea that Bellmer’s eroticism has made his work difficult for the general public.  We believe that what is difficult in his work is that his eroticism is bathed in tragedy and death, subjects not in favor with most people. Bellmer is the most pessimistic artist since Munch. Bellmer said, “My work is a scandal because life is a scandal.” Few humans wish to look upon their life as scandal, much less one that has its base in tragedy, death and fragility. It is not eroticism that one finds difficult, but rather eroticism anchored in the void.

 

 

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