History of Art, Sorbonne-Pantheon Paris 1

Outgrowing the Vernissage. The Openings of the Expositions Internationales du Surréalisme in 1938, 1947 and 1959: Pioneer Experimentations of Performance Art

One aspect of surrealist art is still misrepresented in most publications: their performances. For the inaugurations of their international exhibitions in Paris, between 1938 and 1965, the surrealists organized different events that can be defined as pioneer experiments of Performance Art. This short presentation will explain why we need to study these art pieces and will introduce first analysis of the performances organized for surrealist international exhibitions.

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