20 January 2010

Surrealism an Photography: subversive and subverted images

LA SUBVERSION DES IMAGES
Centre Pompidou,
September 23 2009 - January 11 2010

« Ceci est la couleur de mes rêves » a painting by Miro dated 1925, opens the exhibition "La Subversion des Images" (The subversion of images) at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The word Photo is painted on the upper left side of the work; a spot, a blob of blue paint occupies the lower right under which we read the inscription: "This is the color of my dreams" (see it here). It is indeed fitting that an exhibition focusing on the relations of Surrealism to photography and film, starts with a painting: the work of Miro recalls the common surrealist strategy of contrasts and conflation of language and image, exemplified in Magritte's celebrated "This is not a pipe". And it discloses the profound surrealist intuition of the inner identity of all forms of human expression in the common fund, the common ground and common denominator of the imagetic mind. (more)

Read my complete review of the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in the PANOPTIKON (here




Man Ray : « Lee Miller's Neck ? », Paris 1929
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Lee Miller Archives, England 2009 /
Man Ray Trust / Adagp, Paris 2009