Frieze Masters, Booth F10

October 15 – 19, 2014, Regent's Park, London

Ubu Gallery and Galerie Berinson are pleased to present Hans Bellmer & Unica Zürn at Frieze Masters, London. Beginning with Bellmer’s highly influential poupée ["doll"] photographs from the mid-1930s, the display at Booth F10 Regent’s Park also includes a series of Bellmer’s erotic photographs for Georges Bataille’s “Story of the Eye,” as well as drawings and paintings by both artists, including many made during their tumultuous, seventeen-year love affair.

Although both artists have been (to different degrees) obscured from the Surrealist canon, Hans Bellmer (1902-1975) has received acclaim in the decades since his death in 1975 with major retrospectives at the Centre Pompidou, the International Center of Photography in New York, and more recently in the multi-venue exhibition, Double Sexus: Hans Bellmer and Louise Bourgeois. Bellmer is best known for a series of photographs of two life-sized adolescent female dolls created by him and captured in sexually-laden environments of his own staging. Constructed and photographed between 1934 and 1938, the lighting and mise-en-scène of the dolls—with their nods to German expressionist cinema, Renaissance religious painting and illumination, and explicit fetishism—allowed Bellmer to realize a personal language of desire. Deeply influenced by the Northern European tradition of draftsmanship pioneered by Dürer and Cranach, among others, Bellmer focused on drawings and prints during the post-war period. In addition to drawings and a painting created during his relationship with Zürn, a set of salacious photographs produced in 1946 as studies for engravings to accompany Georges Bataille’s Histoire de l’oeil ["Story of the Eye"] will be on display. Bellmer’s work in these mediums displays the persistence he brought to his endeavor to portray “the dizzying heights of passion and to do so to the extent of creating new desires.”

Although Unica Zürn (1916-1970) exhibited alongside Bellmer, Jean (Hans) Arp, André Breton, and Marcel Duchamp at the 1959 Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, her serpentine and chimerical works have only been seriously examined over the past two decades, with more recent major exhibitions at the Halle Saint Pierre, Paris and The Drawing Center in New York. Already an accomplished author, Zürn fully explored her artistic potential and produced substantially all of her oeuvre during the 1950s and 60s while intimately involved with Bellmer. With his encouragement, as well as her introduction to the Surrealist circle of Breton, Man Ray, and Henri Michaux, Zürn began to experiment with automatic drawings and anagrams, natural extensions of her established interest in hidden meanings and coincidences. The multiplicity of “self” so evident in her writings and drawings was not restricted to Zürn’s artistic endeavors; generally categorized as schizophrenic, she would spend the final decade of her life in and out of psychiatric institutions.

Bellmer and Zürn’s turbulent relationship began after meeting at Bellmer’s first solo exhibition in post-War Germany at the Maison de France organized by Rudolf Springer in 1953 and lasted until Zürn’s suicide in 1970. Companions in life and in art, both artists encouraged each other in a deep exploration of permutations and transformations of the body, eroticism, language, and ritual.

ARTISTS
Hans Bellmer & Unica Zürn

PRESS
Artsy / Anna Blessmann and Peter Saville’s Highlights from Frieze Masters / October 13, 2014 / 1 reproduction

<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935 (printed ca. 1936)<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 12 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (31 x 7.1 cm) – irregular<br /> (BELL 4)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> (<em>Self-portrait</em>)<br /> May 9, 1964<br /> Pencil on graph 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><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> late 1950s<br /> Pencil on graph paper<br /> 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (21.6 x 16.5 cm)<br /> Signed & inscribed, “à Mr. Duperier” on recto<br /> (BELL 466)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>Talon Aiguille</em><br /> [Stiletto]<br /> 1958<br /> Oil, pen & ink on canvas<br /> 25 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches (65.4 x 65.4 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto / Titled on stretcher<br /> (BELL 473)</p>
<p><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><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><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><br /> <em>La Serpenta</em><br /> [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 /> <em>Alle guten Geister!</em><br /> Original drawing for <em>Hexen Texte</em> [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><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><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><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><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><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><br /> <em>Guten Abend mein Ungleuck wie geht es Dir?</em><br /><em> Ich kegle in Dir um das unentwegte Beugen</em><br /> [Good Evening Bad luck, How Are You?]<br /> [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><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> 1966<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 9 7/8 x 7 1/2 inches (25.1 x 19.1 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto / Numbered (stamped) “17″ on verso<br /> (ZURN 143)</p>
<p><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> (Double sided drawing – verso)<br /> 1960<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 11 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches (30.2 x 21.6 cm)<br /> Numbered in pencil<br /> (ZURN 146)</p>
<p><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> (Double sided drawing – recto)<br /> 1960<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 11 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches (30.2 x 21.6 cm)<br /> Numbered in pencil<br /> (ZURN 146)</p>
<p><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> St. Anne, December, 1961<br /> Ink on notebook paper affixed to mount<br /> 12 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches (31.4 x 23.5 cm)<br /> Signed, dated, annotated & numbered “23″ on recto<br /> (ZURN 147)</p>
<p><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><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><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> (Box construction) 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><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><br /> <em>Phantasiegebilde</em><br /> [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<br /> Drawing on verso<br /> (ZURN 136)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll], or <em>La Torse</em><br /> 1935 (printed 1949 or earlier)<br /> Two hand-colored vintage gelatin silver prints overpainted with white gouache affixed to the same original mount<br /> 3 1/2 x 2 3/8 (8.9 x 6 cm) & 4 3/4 x 3 inches (12.1 x 7.6 cm ) – images<br /> 9 5/8 x 12 3/4 inches (24.4 x 32.4 cm) – mount<br /> (BELL 18)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1934<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print affixed to original mount<br /> 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (29.2 x 19.1 cm) – image<br /> Signed in pink ink on recto / Annotated on verso<br /> (BELL 151)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1934<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print affixed to original mount<br /> 11 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches (29.5 x 19.1 cm)<br /> Signed in pink ink on recto<br /> (BELL 150)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /><em> La Poupée</em><br /> [sometimes <em>La Bouche</em>]<br /> 1936 (printed 1949 or earlier)<br /> Hand-colored vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 5 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches (14.3 x 14.3 cm) – image<br /> Blind stamp applied by artist’s estate<br /> (BELL 338)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (6.3 x 6.3 cm)<br /> (BELL 136)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935 (printed 1938 or earlier)<br /> Hand-colored vintage gelatin silver contact print affixed to original mount<br /> 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches (5.4 x 5.4 cm) – image<br /> (BELL 216)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935 (printed 1938 or earlier)<br /> Hand-colored vintage gelatin silver contact printaffixed to original mount<br /> 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches (5.4 x 5.4 cm) – image<br /> (BELL 221)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935 (printed 1938 or earlier)<br /> Hand-colored vintage gelatin silver contact print affixed to original mount<br /> 2 1/4 x 2 1/8 inches (5.7 x 5.4 cm) – image<br /> (BELL 220)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (8.9 x 6.3 cm)<br /> (BELL 255)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (6.3 x 6.3 cm)<br /> (BELL 253)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> <em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br /> [Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br /> 1946<br /> One of twelve (12) vintage gelatin silver prints<br /> 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches (5.4 x 5.4 cm) – image<br /> 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches (7.9 x 6 cm) – sheet<br /> (BELL 272.01)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> <em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br /> [Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br /> 1946<br /> One of twelve (12) vintage gelatin silver prints<br /> 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches (5.4 x 5.4 cm) – image<br /> 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches (7.9 x 6 cm) – sheet<br /> (BELL 272.02)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br />Untitled<br /><em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br />[Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br />1946<br />One of twelve (12) vintage gelatin silver prints<br />2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches (5.4 x 5.4 cm) – image<br />3 1/8 x 2 1/4 inches (7.9 x 5.7 cm) – sheet<br />(BELL 272.03)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br />Untitled<br /><em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br />[Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br />1946<br />One of twelve (12) vintage gelatin silver prints<br />2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches (5.4 x 5.4 cm) – image<br />3 1/8 x 2 1/4 inches (7.9 x 5.7 cm) – sheet<br />(BELL 272.04)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Untitled<br /><em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br />[Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br />1946<br />One of twelve (12) vintage gelatin silver prints<br />2 1/8 x 2 inches (5.4 x 5.1 cm) – image<br />3 1/8 x 2 1/4 inches (7.9 x 5.7 cm) – sheet<br />(BELL 272.05)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br />Untitled<br /><em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br />[Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br />1946<br />One of twelve (12) vintage gelatin silver prints<br />2 1/8 x 2 inches (5.4 x 5.1 cm) – image<br />3 1/8 x 2 1/4 inches (7.9 x 5.7 cm) – sheet<br />(BELL 272.06)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br />Untitled<br /><em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br />[Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br />1946<br />One of twelve (12) vintage gelatin silver prints<br />2 1/8 x 2 inches (5.4 x 5.1 cm) – image<br />3 1/8 x 2 1/4 inches (7.9 x 5.7 cm) – sheet<br />(BELL 272.07)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br />Untitled<br /><em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br />[Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br />1946<br />One of twelve (12) vintage gelatin silver prints<br />2 1/8 x 2 inches (5.4 x 5.1 cm) – image<br />2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches (5.7 x 5.7 cm) – sheet<br />(BELL 272.08)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Croix gamahuchée</em><br /> [The Cross 69]<br /> <em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br /> [Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br /> 1946<br /> One of twelve (12) vintage gelatin silver prints<br /> 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches (5.4 x 5.4 cm) – image<br /> 3 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches (8.6 x 6 cm) – sheet<br /> (BELL 272.09)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> <em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br /> [Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br /> 1946<br /> Vntage gelatin silver print<br /> 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches (5.4 x 5.4 cm) – image<br /> 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches (8.3 x 5.7 cm) – sheet<br /> (BELL 272.10)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> <em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br /> [Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br /> 1946<br /> One of twelve (12) vintage gelatin silver prints<br /> 1 7/8 x 2 1/8 inches (4.8 x 5.4 cm) – image<br /> 3 x 2 1/4 inches (7.6 x 5.7 cm) – sheet<br /> (BELL 272.11)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> <em>Study for Histoire de l’oeil</em><br /> [Story of the Eye], by Georges Bataille<br /> 1946<br /> One of twelve (12) vintage gelatin silver prints<br /> 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches (5.4 x 5.4 cm) – image<br /> 3 1/8 x 2 1/4 inches (7.9 x 5.7 cm) – sheet<br /> (BELL 272.12)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 9 3/8 x 9 3/8 inches (23.8 x 23.8 cm)<br /> (BELL 468)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1934<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 3 3/8 x 2 inches (8.6 x 5.1 cm)<br /> (BELL 119)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (6.3 x 6.3 cm)<br /> (BELL 137)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> 1959<br /> Pencil & gouache on paper<br /> 9 3/4 x 17 5/8 inches (25 x 45 cm)<br /> Signed on recto / Drawing on verso<br /> (BELL 469)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> 1940<br /> Pencil on paper<br /> 13 3/4 x 9 5/6 inches (35 x 25 cm)<br /> Signed, dated & dedicated, “a Ferdinand Springer amicalement Hans Bellmer 1940″ on recto<br /> (BELL 471)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935 (printed 1936)<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches (8.9 x 11.9 cm)<br /> Blind stamp applied by the artist’s estate on verso<br /> (BELL 3)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1934<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 7 x 6 inches (18 x 15.5 cm)<br /> Blind stamp applied by the artist’s estate<br /> (BELL 5)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935 (printed 1936)<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches (11.9 x 8.9 cm)<br /> Blind stamp applied by the artist’s estate<br /> (BELL 9)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print affixed to contemporary archival mount<br /> 25 5/8 x 24 1/2 inches (64.5 x 62.2 cm)<br /> (BELL 10)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 inches (11.2 x 11.2 cm) – image<br /> Blind stamp applied by the artist’s estate<br /> (BELL 16)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935 (printed 1949 or earlier)<br /> Hand-colored vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 5 3/8 x 5 1/4 inches (13.9 x 13.5 cm) – image<br /> 6 3/8 x 5 5/8 inches (16.1 x 14.4 cm) – sheet<br /> (BELL 23)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935 (printed 1938 or earlier)<br /> Hand-colored vintage gelatin silver print affixed to contemporary archival mount<br /> 16 3/8 x 16 1/2 inches (41.7 x 41.9 cm)<br /> (BELL 34)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1934<br /> Vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 3 x 2 1/4 inches (7.8 x 5.7 cm)<br /> (BELL 110)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>La Poupée</em><br /> [The Doll]<br /> 1935 (printed 1938 or earlier)<br /> Hand-colored vintage gelatin silver print<br /> 8 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches (22.3 x 18.7 cm)<br /> (BELL 223)</p>
<p><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><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><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><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><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><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><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><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><strong>Unica Zürn</strong><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><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Study for a print for Joyce Mansour’s <em>Jules César</em><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><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> Preliminary sketch for 1965 etching <em>Service clos</em><br /> 1961<br /> Pencil on paper<br /> 13 1/8 x 17 1/4 inches (33.3 x 43.8 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (BELL 452)</p>
<p><strong>Hans Bellmer</strong><br /> <em>Service clos</em><br /> Editions Georges Visat, Paris, 1965<br /> Soft ground etching in four colors<br /> 12 3/4 x 17 inches (32.4 x 43.2 cm) – image<br /> 19 3/4 x 26 inches (50.2 x 66 cm) – sheet<br /> Edition 41 of 70<br /> Signed & editioned on recto<br /> (BELL 452.01)</p>