Bound: Hans Bellmer & Unica Zürn

March 9, 2012 – May 19, 2012

Ubu Gallery presented Bound: Hans Bellmer & Unica Zürn, an exhibition of over fifty works created over two decades—spanning the German artists’ relationship—from their meeting at Bellmer’s opening at Galerie Rudolph Springer in 1953 until Zürn’s suicide in 1970. Including anagrammatic drawings, erotic portraits, illustrated manuscripts, photographic collaborations and archival photographs of the artists at their shared flat at rue Mouffetard, the exhibition continued through May 19, 2012.

ARTISTS
Hans Bellmer, Unica Zürn

PRESS
The Brooklyn Rail / Bound: Hans Bellmer & Unica Zürn / May, 2012 / Valery Oisteanu / 2 reproductions
The Brooklyn Rail / Bound: Hans Bellmer & Unica Zürn / May, 2012 / Valery Oisteanu / 2 reproductions.pdf

Checklist.pdf
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Installation Views

<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled <i>(La Jeune Fille et la mort)</i><br />
[The Maiden and the Death]<br />
1963<br />
Pencil & gouache on tinted paper<br />
24 3/4 x 18 7/8 inches  (63 x 48 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 323)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1961<br />
Pencil on paper<br />
10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches  (26.7 x 21 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 407)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled (variant of the drawing for <i>Les Marionnettes</i> [1969])<br />
1958<br />
Oil, gouache & pencil on canvas<br />
6 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches  (15.9 x 12.1 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on verso at top of stretcher bar<br />
(BELL 412)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1959<br />
Pencil & white gouache on tinted paper<br />
16 7/8 x 12 1/8 inches  (43 x 31 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 225)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1959<br />
Pencil & gouache on tinted paper<br />
19 x 12 3/8 inches  (48.5 x 31.5 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 437)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
<i>Tenir au frais</i> [Keep Cool]<br />
Maquette for the cover of <i>Le Surréalisme même</i> #4, pp. 126–127<br />
1958<br />
Collage of vintage gelatin silver prints & gouache on masonite<br />
9 1/4 x 9 5/8 inches (23.4 x 23.9 cm)<br />
Titled on recto<br />
(BELL 45)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled <i>(Unica Bound)</i><br />
1958 (printed 1983)<br />
Gelatin silver print (printed by Roger Vulliez)<br />
6 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches  (16.2 x 16.2 cm) – image<br />
9 3/8 x 7 inches  (23.8 x 17.8 cm) – sheet<br />
Blind stamp on recto / Stamps on verso<br />
(BELL 73)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled <i>(Unica Bound)</i><br />
1958 (printed 1983)<br />
Gelatin silver print (printed by Roger Vulliez)<br />
6 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches (16.2 x 16.2 cm) – image<br />
9 3/8 x 7 inches (23.8 x 17.8 cm) – sheet<br />
Blind stamp on recto / Stamps on verso<br />
(BELL 75)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled <i>(Unica Bound)</i><br />
1958 (printed 1983)<br />
Gelatin silver print (printed by Roger Vulliez)<br />
6 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches (16.2 x 16.2 cm) – image<br />
9 3/8 x 7 inches (23.8 x 17.8 cm) – sheet<br />
Blind stamp on recto / Stamps on verso<br />
(BELL 76)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled <i>(Unica Bound)</i><br />
1958 (printed 1983)<br />
Gelatin silver print (printed by Roger Vulliez)<br />
6 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches (16.2 x 16.2 cm) – image<br />
9 3/8 x 7 inches (23.8 x 17.8 cm) – sheet<br />
Blind stamp on recto / Stamps on verso<br />
(BELL 77)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled <i>(Unica Bound)</i><br />
1958 (printed 1983)<br />
Gelatin silver print (printed by Roger Vulliez)<br />
6 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches  (16.2 x 16.2 cm) – image<br />
9 3/8 x 7 inches  (23.8 x 17.8 cm) – sheet<br />
Blind stamp on recto / Stamps on verso<br />
(BELL 78)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
<i>Unica (The Eye Vulva)</i><br />
1963<br />
Pencil & gouache on paper<br />
17 1/2 x 24 1/4 inches (44.5 x 61.6 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 179)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
<i>Poupée au Coeur Noir</i> [Doll with Black Heart]<br />
ca. 1969<br />
Ink, gouache & pencil on paper<br />
9 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches  (24.8 x 21 cm)<br />
Signed on recto / Drawing on verso<br />
(BELL 278)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled (study for a print for Joyce Mansour’s <i>Jules César</i>)<br />
1955<br />
Pencil on paper<br />
5 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches  (14.6 x 6.7 cm) – image<br />
7 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches  (19.1 x 10.8 cm) – sheet<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 398)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled (study for a print for Joyce Mansour’s <i>Jules César</i>)<br />
1955<br />
Pencil on paper<br />
7 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches  (19.1 x 8.9 cm) – by sight<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 406)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled (Self-portrait)<br />
May 9, 1964<br />
Pencil on paper<br />
8 5/8 x 6 1/2 inches  (22 x 16.7 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 425)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled<br />
ca. 1962<br />
Pencil on paper<br />
8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches  (21.9 x 16.5 cm)<br />
(BELL 428)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled<br />
ca. 1955<br />
Ink on paper<br />
9 x 6 3/8 inches  (22.9 x 16.2 cm)  – by sight<br />
(BELL 429)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled<br />
ca. 1961-62<br />
Pencil on paper<br />
8 1/2 x 6 1/2  inches  (22 x 16.8 cm)<br />
(BELL 430)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
<i>Etude d’après L’anglais décrit dans le château fermé</i><br />
ca. 1962<br />
Pencil on paper<br />
8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches  (21.9 x 16.9 cm)<br />
(BELL 431)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1950-1955<br />
Pencil on paper<br />
7 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches  (18.4 x 29.5 cm) – by sight<br />
Signed on recto<br />
(BELL 432)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled<br />
ca. 1962<br />
Pencil on paper<br />
8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches  (22 x 16.9 cm)<br />
(BELL 433)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled<br />
ca. 1961-1962<br />
Pencil & ink on paper<br />
8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches  (21.9 x 16.8 cm)<br />
(BELL 435)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
<i>Auto-oeil</i><br />
Pencil & gouache on paper<br />
25 1/8 x 19 1/4 inches  (64 x 49.5 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 436)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
<i>Portrait of Hans & Unica</i> (on recto)<br />
<i>Unica</i> (on verso)<br />
Île de Ré, 1961<br />
Double sided drawing<br />
Pencil & colored pencil on paper<br />
19 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches  (49.5 x 62.2 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto / Signed, dated & titled on verso<br />
(BELL 438)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1960<br />
Pencil, charcoal & chalk on paper<br />
24 3/4 x 19 inches  (62.9 x 48.3 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 442)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1960<br />
Pencil, charcoal & chalk on paper<br />
24 3/4 x 19 inches  (62.9 x 48.3 cm)<br />
Signed on recto / Drawing on verso<br />
(BELL 443)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
<i>Dessin Reversible</i> [Reversible Drawing]<br />
1953<br />
Pencil & gouache on card<br />
5 1/4 x 4 1/16 inches  (13.3 x 10.3 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 445)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
<i>Inceste</i> [Incest]<br />
Éditions A. F. Petit, Paris, 1968<br />
Engraving<br />
15 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches  (38.7 x 29.5 cm) – image<br />
26 1/4 x 19 inches  (66.7 x 48.3 cm) – sheet<br />
Edition of 120<br />
Signed & “H. C.” on recto<br />
(BELL 447)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled <i>(Skeleton)</i><br />
1959<br />
Pencil & gouache on tinted paper<br />
18 3/8 x 12 1/4 inches  (46.7 x 31.1 cm) – by sight<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 449)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1967<br />
Ink on paper<br />
8 1/8 x 10 3/8 inches  (21 x 27 cm)<br />
(ZURN 8)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1966<br />
Ink on paper<br />
11 x 7 5/8 inches  (28 x 19.5 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(ZURN 12)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
Paris, 1963<br />
Ink on paper<br />
25 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches  (64.8 x 49.5 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto / Drawing on verso<br />
(ZURN 15)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
ca. 1963<br />
Ink on paper  <br />
19 3/4 x 25 5/8 inches  (50.2 x 65.1 cm)<br />
Signed on recto<br />
(ZURN 96)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
Île de Ré, 1963<br />
Ink & gouache on paper  <br />
19 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches  (50.2 x 65.4 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(ZURN 98)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1963<br />
Ink on paper  <br />
24 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches  (62.9 x 49.5 cm)<br />
Signed, dated & dedicated to Hans Bellmer on recto<br />
(ZURN 101)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1963<br />
Ink on paper  <br />
27 1/8 x 22 1/8 inches  (68.9 x 56.2 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(ZURN 102)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
<i>La Serpenta</i> [The Serpent]<br />
Paris, 1957<br />
Oil on panel<br />
19 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches  (49.8 x 49.8 cm) – image<br />
25 x 24 3/8 inches  (63.5 x 61.9 cm) – mount<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(ZURN 121)</p>
<p><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><br /> Untitled (<em>box construction</em>) possibly collaborative with Hans Bellmer<br /> ca. 1960<br /> Paper, gouache & ink<br /> 5 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches (14.6 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm)<br /> Initialed “U” & “H” on recto<br /> (ZURN 125)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1956<br />
Ink & gouache on paper (torn drawing reassembled by Hans Bellmer)<br />
9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches  (24.1 x 18.4 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(ZURN 126)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
<i>Alle guten Geister!</i><br />
Original drawing for <i>Hexen Texte</i> [Witches Text], p. 5<br />
1954<br />
Ink on paper cornered into original mat<br />
6 1/8 x 9 inches  (15.7 x 22.8 cm) – image<br />
Signed on recto<br />
(ZURN 127)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
ca. 1960<br />
Ink on paper (torn drawing reassembled by Hans Bellmer)<br />
5 5/8 x 7 7/8 inches  (14.5 x 20 cm)<br />
Signed on recto<br />
(ZURN 128)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1967<br />
Ink on paper<br />
8 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches  (21 x 27 cm)<br />
Drawing on verso<br />
(ZURN 129)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
Paris, 1957<br />
Oil on paper mounted on wood<br />
16 1/8 x 12 1/8 inches  (40.9 x 30.8 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(ZURN 131)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
Île de Réi, 1963<br />
Collage & gouache on paper<br />
25 1/4 x 19 5/8 inches  (64 x 50 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(ZURN 133)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1965<br />
Ink & gouache on paper<br />
25 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches  (65 x 50 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto / Drawing on verso<br />
(ZURN 134)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1960s<br />
Ink, gouache & watercolor on paper<br />
19 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches  (49.5 x 64.8 cm)<br />
Signed on recto<br />
(ZURN 135)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
<i>Phantasiegebilde</i> [Educated Imagination]<br />
1967<br />
Ink on paper<br />
10 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches  (27 x 25.1 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto / Drawing on verso<br />
(ZURN 136)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
<i>Guten Abend mein Ungleuck wie geht es Dir? / Ich kegle in Dir um das unentwegte Beugen</i><br />
[Good Evening Bad luck, How Are You? / I control In You the Constant Bending],<br />
ca. 1958<br />
Ink on paper (torn anagram drawing reassembled by Hans Bellmer)<br />
11 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches  (28.3 x 19.1 cm) – image<br />
13 5/8 x 10 1/2 inches  (34.6 x 26.7 cm) – mount<br />
Signed on recto<br />
(ZURN 137)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Letter from Unica Zürn to Ursula Naguschewski<br />
Ermenonville, January 13, 1959<br />
Handwritten letter & drawing in pen<br />
8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches  (21 x 13.3 cm)<br />
Dated on recto<br />
(ZURN 138)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled <i>(La liberation de l’esperance c’est la liberté total)</i><br />
[The release of hope is total freedom]<br />
Loose sheet from <i>Orakel und Spektakle</i> [Oracle and Spectacle]<br />
January, 1961; unpublished manuscript<br />
Ink & India ink on paper<br />
12 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches  (32.9 x 25.2 cm)<br />
Initialed<br />
(ZURN 139A)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
Loose sheet for <i>Orakel und Spektakle</i> [Oracle and Spectacle]<br />
1960; unpublished manuscript<br />
Ink, India ink & collage on paper<br />
12 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches  (32.9 x 25.2 cm)<br />
Initialed<br />
(ZURN 139B)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled <i>(Der Geist aus der Flasche)</i> [The Spirit of the bottle]<br />
Loose sheet from <i>Orakel und Spektakle</i> [Oracle and Spectacle]<br />
1960; unpublished manuscript<br />
Ink & India ink on paper<br />
12 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches  (32.9 x 25.2 cm)<br />
Signed<br />
(ZURN 139C)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
Île de Réi, 1963<br />
Gouache & collage on paper<br />
22 1/8 x 19 1/4 inches  (56.2 x 48.9 cm)  – by sight<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(ZURN 140)</p>
<p><b>Hans Bellmer</b><br />
Untitled <i>(Bound Figure)</i><br />
1963<br />
Pencil & gouache<br />
10 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches  (26.4 x 26.4 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto<br />
(BELL 444)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
ca. 1960s<br />
Ink & gouache on paper  <br />
20 1/8 x 26 3/8 inches  (51.1 x 67.0 cm)<br />
Signed on recto / Drawing on verso<br />
(ZURN 97)</p>
<p><b>Unica Zürn</b><br />
Untitled<br />
1959<br />
Ink & gouache on paper  <br />
17 3/4 x 24 3/8  inches  (45.1 x 61.9 cm)<br />
Signed & dated on recto / Drawing on verso<br />
(ZURN 100)</p>