Please note that for the duration of the exhibition “Georges Hugnet: Huit jours à Trébaumec” through September 30th, the gallery is open from Monday-Friday 11AM-6PM or by confirmed appointment.

Huit jours à Trébaumec

May 19 — September 30, 2016

Ubu Gallery is pleased to announce an in-depth exhibition exploring the richness of Georges Hugnet’s Surrealist masterpiece, Huit jours à Trébaumec. Published in 1969 by Henri Mercher, the renowned bookbinder, the book appears as a Guide Rose Micheline, a clever parody of the popular Baedeker, Guide Michelin Rouge. In Hugnet’s satire, it is not a Michelin man, but a Michelin woman serving as tour guide and leading us through the fictional “Trébaumec” or as Hugnet called it, “the little lost town in Brittany, paradise regained.” In 1947, Hugnet (1906–1974) traveled along the coast of Brittany photographing his excursions and popular tourist attractions. He was so inspired by his wanderings that he combined earlier collages with newly made ones and sequenced the 82 chosen collages into a Surrealist drama with accompanying handwritten text. The collages depict humorous, racy and grotesque situations in and around Trébaumec, a word play on “good looking guy.” A gap of 22 years followed before the publication was finally realized. The exhibition, which opens on May 19th and runs through September 30th, will feature various examples of the book, including an early maquette, one of the five deluxe copies containing 82 original photographs of the collages, and one of the 10 “semi-deluxe” copies specially bound by Mercher. Eighty-two vintage photographs of the collages acquired from the estate of Hugnet will be available for sale individually and will present the entire sequence of images from the book. Also on display will be 12 of the original collages, as well as ephemera surrounding the book.

PDF of images

Manhattan User’s Guide / A Michelin Guide Parody / May 23, 2016 / 2 reproductions
L’Oeil de la Photographie / New York: Georges Hugnet, Huit jours à Trébaumec / June 23, 2016 / 12 reproductions
Salon littéraire / Surreal Paradise by Jean-Paul Savard-Perret / June 23, 2016 / 4 reproductions
lelitteraire / Georges Hugnet Eight days Trébaumec exhibition by Jean-Paul Savard-Perret / June 24, 2016 / 1 reproduction
New York Times / What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week / September 9, 2016 / 1 reproduction
The Wall Street Journal / Prison, Paper and Puns in New York’s Art Galleries / September 10, 2016 / 1 reproduction