Past exhibitions

Hans Bellmer

Hans Bellmer | The Anatomy of Desire

Works from The Victor Arwas Collection

18 September - 4 December 2012

Museum Jorn is proud to present a series of Bellmer’s etchings, and a smaller selection of drawings from Victor Arwas' collection in a special exhibition in the museum’s lower storey.

Hans Bellmer (1902-75) is both one of the most important and least-known of the German surrealists. His drawings and photographs of mutated female bodies are simultaneously fascinating and disturbing, in their intimate exploration of the anatomy of desire.

In opposition to the Nazi regime, in 1930s Hans Bellmer began a large project that challenged the German national cult of the idealised body: He built a life-size doll, of which the individual parts could be turned and bent to create previously unknown and unnatural permutations of human anatomy. This signalled the start of Bellmer's lifelong production of theatrical and sadistic scenarios, centred on the body, desire and mutation.
Bellmer is principally known for his faceless dolls' bodies, surrealist photographs and his drawings - executed with great technical finesse - which combine male and female forms, from which ambiguous, fluid organisms emerge.

In 1938, Bellmer's art was declared 'degenerate' by the Nazis, and he fled to Paris, where his surreal, sexualised and frequently grotesque photography was greeted enthusiastically by the French surrealists associated with Andre Breton. Bellmer spent the remainder of his life in Paris, where he focused his artistic output on drawings, etchings and photography with a pronounced erotic content.


This is the official website of Museum Jorn - Silkeborg|Any commercial user or copying must be approved by Museum Jorn - Silkeborg|Powered by Ajour CMS