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Networks, Museums and Collections. Surrealism in the United States


November 27-29 2017

Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art
Hôtel Lully
45, rue des Petits Champs
75001 Paris

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The conference “Networks, Museums and Collections. Surrealism in the United States” will bring both the complex networks that fostered and sustained Surrealism in North America into academic focus.

Who – collectors, critics, dealers, galleries, and other types of mediating agents – supported the artists in the Surrealist orbit, in what ways and why? What more can be learned about high profile collectors such as the de Menils in Houston or Peggy Guggenheim in New York?
Compared to their peers in Europe, did artists in the United States use similarly spectacular strategies of publicity and mediation? In what networks did the commercial galleries ope- rate, domestically and internationally, and how did they dia- logue with museums? Were American artists included in the musealization of surrealism in American museums as had occur- red with the Parisian circle, or were they, on the contrary, excluded from this development?

Divided into five sections
(I. Private / Public
II. The Making of Surrealism in the US
III. Agents / Artists
IV. Galleries / Dealers
V. American Surrealism), the conference will offer an innovative and lasting contribution to research and scholarship on the history of art in America while focusing specifically on the expansion and reception of Surrealism in the United States.
The conference is a key component of the research project “Le surréalisme et l’argent. Galeries, collectionneurs et médiateurs” which explores to what extent the global success of Surrealism in the 20th century was due mainly to the roles and factors played by private collectors, museums, exhibitions, art collectors as well as the commercial strategies of artists.

Academic advisory board

Julia Drost (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris)
Fabrice Flahutez (Université Paris Nanterre)
Anne Helmreich (College of Fine Arts, Texas Christian University)
Susan Power (Independent Scholar)
Martin Schieder (Universität Leipzig)
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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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