|Print Works by Hans BELLMER
February 29 Fri. - March 8 Sat. 2008
wasuremono is pleased to announce our exhibition of print works by Hans Bellmer.
Hans Bellmer had many faces as a dollmaker, a photographer, a painter and
a printmaker. The life-sized dolls which he made and their photographs
are continuing to have a great influence on subsequent dollmakers. His
dark eroticism was sublimated in the print works in after years, started
by providing the illustration to Georges Bataille's book, and in the end
he left many prints. At this exhibition, we will introduce 20 etchings from
the seriesof "A Sade" (1961), and "Morals Essay"
Hans BELLMER(1902 - 1996)
Hans Bellmer was born in 1902 in Poland. He entered Berlin College
of Engineering in 1923, but he didn't graduate. He made the first doll
in 1933 under the influence of an automatic doll which he saw in an opera
by Jacques Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffmann" in 1932.
He self-published his photograph book "The doll" in 1934,
and it was praised by surrealists in Paris. Next year, he made the
second doll which had spheral joints. He moved to Paris in 1938 and met
Duchamp, Ernst and other surrealists. He provided the etching illustrations
for Georges Bataille's "The Story of Eyes" in 1946. In 1947
he held his first solo exhibition in Paris. In 1971 a retrospective
exhibition at The Centre National d’Art et de Culture (CNAC) in Paris.
Died in 1975. In 1983 a retrospective exhibition at Centre Pompidou
in 1983 in Paris.