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Surrealism by galleries, collectors and mediators

Project leader: Fabrice Flahutez

In collaboration with:
German Center of Art History in Paris (DFK)
University of Leipzig
University of Essex

This project studies an unexplored part of one of the main artistic movements of the 20th century: Surrealism. We want to understand how the money circulated and more generally, how the market developed via sponsors, galleries, art dealers, exhibitions, collectors, brokers, etc.

While universities worlwide developed chairs and research on art markets, none of them have questionned Surrealism in this international and historical dimension, between 1924 and 1969.

New archives, donations and acquisitions, for instance the 2003 sale of André Breton, represent unseen material that can enable us to re-value our cultural history and grasp the transdisciplinary issues that they imply (history of art-economics-cultural studies-etc.).Understanding the economic and circulation models of Surrealism can develop new exhibition possibilities and important publications.

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Labex Arts-H2H

The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations is part of the “Investments for the future” program since 2011. As part of this program, its members conduct research following three main lines: situations, technologies, hybridization.

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