Surrealism in the United States – A Report

On November 27th – 29th, 2017, the Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris hosted a three-day conference Networks, Museums and Collections. Surrealism in the United States. The conference was the fourth organized as part of the research project Le surréalisme et l’argent: Galeries, collectionneurs et médiateurs, in cooperation with the Labex Arts H2H, which explores to what extent the global success of Surrealism in the 20th century was due to the roles played by private collectors, museums, exhibitions, and art collectors, as well as by the commercial strategies of artists. This final conference, which can be considered the culmination of the research developed through this project, was organized with the essential support of The Terra Foundation for American Art, gathering together 14 American researchers, curators, and professors.

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CIMA Travel Fellow Silvia Bottinelli at the MART Museum

The Archive of the 20th century (Archivio del ’900) at the Mart Museum (Rovereto) offers insight into a range of subjects related to modern and contemporary Italian art. In addition to Futurism, Architecture, and Critical History, the collections include an impressive selection of materials related to Visual Poetry. During my research sessions at the Mart archives, I explored the latter topic in particular, by viewing sources by or about Enrico Baj, Mirella Bentivoglio, Maria Lai, Ketty La Rocca, Lucia Marcucci, Stelio Maria Martini, Lamberto Pignotti and others. The aforementioned artists paid attention to the domestic realm, which is the subject of my book manuscript in progress.

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