Hans Bellmer

(German, 1902 – 1975)

Hans Bellmer, a Surrealist who—although under appreciated during his lifetime—continues to be highly influential to artists today, created an emotional, intellectual and erotically charged body of work. Bellmer is best known for a series of photographs of two life-sized adolescent female dolls, which he constructed and photographed between 1934 and 1938. The lighting and staging—with their nods to German expressionist cinema, Renaissance religious painting and illumination, and explicit fetishism—allowed Bellmer to establish a sexually-laden atmosphere and to realize a personal language of desire. The artist intended, in his own words, to “make it possible to recreate physically the dizzying heights of passion and to do so to the extent of creating new desires.”

PAST EXHIBITIONS AT UBU GALLERY
FIAC 2016 | October 19 – 23, 2016
Hans Bellmer: Drawings from 1930 – 1964 | March 3 – May 13, 2016
FIAC 2015 | October 22 – 25, 2015
Frieze Masters 2015 | October 14 – 19, 2015
FIAC 2014 | October 23 – 26, 2014
Frieze Masters 2014 | October 15 – 19, 2014
Selections from Gallery Inventory | July 25 – November 12, 2013
FIAC 2013 | October 24 – 27, 2013
Frieze Masters 2013 | October 17 – 20, 2013
Transmissions | June 19 – July 31, 2012
Bound: Hans Bellmer & Unica Zürn | March 9 – May 19, 2012
Hans Bellmer: Octopus Time | January 24 – April 25, 2009
Art | 42 | Basel | June 15 – 19, 2011
FIAC 2010 | October 21 – 24, 2010
Art | 41 | Basel | June 16 – 20, 2010
Art | 40 | Basel | June 10 – 14, 2009
Art | 39 | Basel | June 4 – 8, 2008
Art | 38 | Basel | June 13 – June 17, 2007
Hans Bellmer: Petites Anatomies, Petites Images | May 2 – July 28, 2006
Art | 37 | Basel | June 14 – June 18, 2006
Art | 36 | Basel | June 15 – June 20, 2005
Neue Sachlichkeit: “New Objectivity” in Weimar Germany | September 21 – December 18, 2004
Behind the Surrealist Curtain: Sex, Sensuality & Silence | January 26 – March 16, 2002
Hans Bellmer: Photographs & Drawings from the 1930s | March 20 – May 8, 1999
Eroticism in Surrealist Photography and Collage: 1929 – 1948 | March 6 – May 3, 1997
Hans Bellmer: Photographs & Drawings | September 14 – October 21, 1995
Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, Galerie Beaux-Arts, Paris 1938: An Homage | March 18 – May 13, 1995
The Box: From Duchamp to Horn | October 29 – December 10, 1994

PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE UBU GALLERY STORE
Behind The Surrealist Curtain: Sex, Sensuality & Silence
Hans Bellmer – Louise Bourgeois: Double Sexus
Octopus Time: Bellmer Painting