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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Undercover Surrealism was an exhibition that ran at the Hayward Gallery from May 11 to July 30 2006. It explored the ’subversive climate’ of the dark undercurrent within Surrealism in the late 1920s spearheaded by Georges Bataille. The exhibition draws together work by Picasso, Miro, Masson, Giacometti as well as imagery from DOCUMENTS, the magazine Bataille edited from 1929 to 1930.

The exhibition was described as "..a shocking and bizarre juxtaposition of art, ethnography, archaeology and popular culture in such a way that overturned conventional notions of ‘primitive’ and ‘ideal’.

Bataille described himself as Surrealism’s ‘enemy from within’… ," see here.

See also


  • Ades, Dawn, and Simon Baker, Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille and DOCUMENTS. (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2006).

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