Exécution Du Testament Du Marquis De Sade
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
In 1959 Jean Benoît performed Exécution Du Testament Du Marquis De Sade, for which he made costumes. The dark, grotesque characters wore sharp, seemingly-mechanical pieces mixing biomorphic, anamilistic shapes that make the humans look like torture devices. Breton mentioned Benoit in Surrealism and Painting: "STAND ASIDE to let the Marquis de Sade pass 'in his own likeness' and reinvented by Jean Benoît with all his powers." One sculpture called "Book Cover for Magnetic Fields" features demonic figures ripping an egg from a book. Magnetic Fields was the name of the book Breton wrote with Philippe Soupault, which Breton called the first surrealist book.
Carte d'invitation au spectacle privé L'Exécution du testament du Marquis de Sade par Jean BENOIT , célébrée chez Joyce Mansour dans le cadre de l'Exposition Internationale du surréalisme de décembre 1959-Janvier 1960 à la Galerie Daniel Cordier.