reasons to be cheerful – part I

bell.gif Galerie Berinson on Auguststrasse is currently exhibiting Hans Bellmer’s dolls from 1934 -1938. Bellmer, who was living in Berlin at the time, first created his mutated, erotic dolls as an oppositional project to the fascist body cult which was then on the rise with nazi seizure of power. His anonymous book The Doll (Die Puppe), published in 1934, contained pictures of his creations in various “tableaux vivants” but went unnoticed by party censors. Bellmer soon made contact with french surrealists, where his work was welcomed and the photographs published in the Surrealist journal Minotaure. These contacts proved useful in 1938 when the nazi authorities finally declared Bellmer to be a ‘degenerate artist’ and he was forced to flee to Paris where he lived for the remainder of his life.

The Galerie Berinson exhibition is a fantastic chance to see the dollies in the original home here in Babylon on the Spree!

Galerie Berinson GmbH
Auguststraße 22

Dienstag bis Samstag 12 bis 18 Uhr

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