UNE SEMAINE DE BONTÉ: MEER ONLINE MAGAZINE
Ubu Gallery is pleased to appear in the Arts section of online magazine Meer. The gallery’s current exhibition on Max Ernst’s collages for Une semaine de bonté is featured here alongside several installation images.
Le Lion de Belfort 13
Photograph for Une Semaine de bonté [“A Week of Kindness”]
Photograph of a collage
5 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches (14.3 x 11.4 cm)
PIERRE MOLINIER: APRIL 13, 1900 – MARCH 3, 1976
Pierre Molinier was a French photographer, painter, and “maker of objects.” He is known for his elaborate and provocative self-portraits, often posing with fetish objects and wearing lingerie. He would manipulate parts of photographs in order to produce new seamless “unreal” realities, which reflected his fetish obsession with legs, stockings and hermaphroditism. His work was supported by André Breton, who championed Molinier’s daring and even staged his first Paris exhibition in the 1950s. Molinier continued making his photographs until his death in 1976, after which his influence can be seen and felt in the work of many performance and body artists.
Vintage gelatin silver print
6 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches (17.1 x 11.4 cm)
“Hanel Koeck Collection” stamp & notations (some in artist’s hand) on verso
On this date, March 21st, in 1934 the formation of the Group of Surrealists in Czechoslovakia (Skupina Surrealistů v Československu) was officially announced in the manifesto “Surrealism in the Czechoslovak Republic” (Surrealismus in ČSR). It was the first Surrealist group to be established outside of France.
March 21st also marks the date when one of the core members of this group, Jindřich Štyrský, died at age 42. He was known as a painter, photographer, graphic designer, editor and author. His well-known works include the erotic collages for Emilie Comes to Me in a Dream. These collages were created 90 years ago in the Spring of 1933 and first appeared in print in May of that year.
Vítězslav Nezval, ed. Prague, 1935
11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches (29.2 x 21 cm)
MOLINIER ROSE SAUMON: NOUS SOMMES TOUS DES MENTEURS
A new exhibition is set to open at the Le Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA. The art center, located in Bordeaux, will present Molinier rose saumon (nous sommes tous des menteurs) beginning on March 31, 2023. This exhibition also marks the 40th anniversary of the Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA, whose collection started with about 30 of Pierre Molinier’s works. In addition to exploring archives, Molinier’s inspirations, and the enduring importance of this work, the exhibition will also showcase the various collaborations with other artists, such as Hans Bellmer. Further information can be found here or in Art Critique article here.
[“You, me”] From Le Chaman et ses créatures, 1968
Vintage gelatin silver print (photomontage)
8 5/8 x 6 3/4 inches (21.9 x 17.1 cm)
Initialed & dated in hand other than artist’s on verso
MAN RAY: AUGUST 27, 1890 – NOVEMBER 18, 1976
Man Ray (August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976), born Emmanuel Radnitzky, was an American artist who is known for his innovation and experimentation in photography. The artist created his first photograms in 1922, shortly after arriving in Paris where he would spend most of his career. He dubbed this works “rayographs,” and created them by using material, models’ body parts, and other objects to cover photosensitive paper and then exposing it to light. Man Ray’s other works, which include drawings, paintings, and even a chess set, are considered major contributions to both Dada and Surrealism.
Paul Éluard & Man Ray
Paris, GML, 1935
Original paperbound book
9 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches (24.4 x 18.4cm)
(RAY 129 )
UNICA ZÜRN: JULY 6, 1916 – OCTOBER 19, 1970
Ubu Gallery would like to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the death of Unica Zürn. She is remembered for her dense, otherworldly drawings of fantastical creatures meticulously constructed out of finely rendered, obsessively repetitive shapes and lines. She produced the bulk of her body of work in the 1950s and 1960s, by which time she had already become an author. While involved with the German Surrealist, Hans Bellmer, Zürn began to experiment with “automatic” drawings and anagrams, natural extensions of her established interest in hidden meanings and coincidences.
[“The Serpent”] Paris, 1957
Oil on panel
19 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (49.8 x 49.8 cm) – image
25 x 24 3/8 inches (63.5 x 61.9 cm) – mount
Signed & dated on recto
AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: MORRIS HIRSHFIELD REDISCOVERED
Ubu Gallery is pleased to be taking part in a new exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum. Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered solely focuses on works by the self-taught artist, who was active in the 1930s-1940s and recognized by important figures in the international art world like Marcel Duchamp and Peggy Guggenheim. Hirshfield also took part in the 1942 First Papers of Surrealism exhibition, which was organized by Duchamp. Originally a tailor and then a shoe designer, Hirshfield created his body of work after his retirement and therefore had a brief but influential career. More information about the exhibition can be found here. Hirshfield’s works can be viewed until January 29, 2023.
First Papers of Surrealism
10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (26.7 x 18.4 cm)
TOYEN: SEPTEMBER 21, 1902 – NOVEMBER 9, 1980
Toyen (21 September 1902 – 9 November 1980) was the pseudonym of Marie Čermínová, a Czech painter, illustrator, and drafter. The artist was a co-founder of the Czech Surrealist Movement, and eventually joined the Paris Surrealists in the 1940’s. The name “Toyen” was adopted by the artist in 1923 as a renouncement of gender and is believed to come from the French word for citizen – “citoyen” or from the Czech phrase “to je on”- meaning “it is he.” Toyen’s work was often highly political and referenced eroticism, gender, revolt against societal norms, as well as the experiences of women.
Toyen & Jindřich Heisler
Jen aby nenastal vítr (Z kasemat spánku)
[“Just so there is no wind” from “From the Bunker of Sleep”] Dated “1941,” probably printed 1940
Vintage gelatin silver print
6 1/4 x 4 1/8 inches (15.8 x 10.6 cm)
Signed, titled & dated by Heisler on verso
ORBUS PICTUS GALLERY: PRAGUE-PARIS
The exhibition Prague-Paris at Orbis Pictus Gallery has been extended until October 8, 2022. The exhibition, which includes 5 works from Ubu Gallery, focuses on Czech artists who come to live and create in Paris in search of creative freedom in the expression and production of their art.
Toyen & Jindřich Heisler
Hluboko v noci (Z kasemat spánku)
[“Deep at night” from “From the Bunker of Sleep”] 1941 (probably printed 1940)
Vintage gelatin silver print
3 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches (9.1 x 8.2 cm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UNICA ZÜRN!
Born in Berlin on July 6, 1916, Unica Zürn grew up surrounded by exotic, ephemeral objects collected by her father, a cavalry officer stationed in Africa. Inspired perhaps in part by her father’s gifts from afar and a longing for greater contact with him, Zürn developed a rich fantasy life and a vivid imagination. This is evidenced in her dense, otherworldly drawings of fantastical creatures meticulously constructed out of finely rendered, obsessively repetitive shapes and lines.
Already an accomplished author, Zürn produced most of her oeuvre during the 1950s and 60s while involved with the German Surrealist, Hans Bellmer. With Bellmer’s encouragement, Zürn began to experiment with “automatic” drawings and anagrams, natural extensions of her established interest in hidden meanings and coincidences. Most of the works in the exhibition were made during the 1960s—an intensely productive period for Zürn—though one marked by her deteriorating mental health and the unraveling of her relationship with Bellmer. On October 19, 1970, Zürn leapt to her death from the balcony of the Paris apartment she had shared with Bellmer. Upon his death in 1975, Bellmer was buried, at his request, next to Zürn in Paris’s Père-Lachaise Cemetery. Their grave is marked with the words Bellmer wrote for Zürn’s funeral wreath nearly five years before: “My love will follow you into Eternity.”
Untitled [possibly “Bon jour Monsieur M.–M = MON”]
Ink on paper mounted on paperboard
25 1/4 x 18 7/8 inches (63.5 x 48.4 cm)
Signed “Unica Zürn Paris 1960” & dedicated “à Carl Laszlo à coté de L’hotel d’espérance au Henri Michaux comme vous voulez”