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Avant-Garde: from dada to surrealismProgramme | 28.05.2014
The exhibition “Avant-Garde: from Dada to Surrealism”
Cooperation between the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Institute for Literature and Art
The exhibition is authored by: Aleksandra
Mirčić (Museum of Contemporary Art) and Biljana Andonovska (Institute for
Literature and Art).
The exhibition “Avant-Garde: from Dada to Surrealism” will present Surrealist and Dada magazines, as one of the primary forms of activity in these movements of the Avant-garde. Evolutionary currents and multifacetedness of Dada and Surrealist print and ideas will be showcased through more than 40 periodicals published between 1916 and 1992.
Among the magazines featured at the exhibition
are the following: Cabaret Voltaire, Merz, Cannibale, Dada, Zenit, Dada tank, Dada
jazz, Dada jok, Littérature, Putevi, Svedočanstva (pre-WWII), Večnost, Crno na
belo, Bela revija, 50 u Evropi, Le grand jeu, Stišavanja, Tragovi, Četiri
strane – I tako dalje, Commerce, Surréalisme, La Révolution surréaliste, Le
Surréalisme au service de la révolution, Nemoguće, Nadrealizam danas i ovde, Danas,
Naša stvarnost, Pečat, Minotaure, Documents, Acéphale, Le surréalisme, meme, L'Archibras,
La Brèche, Svedočanstva (post-WWII), Delo, Mediala.
This exhibitions aims at broadening
geographical, chronological, and poetical context within which to examine the
devoted editorial practices of Dada and Surrealism. The exhibition follows
Serbian/Yugoslav and French publications in parallel, and brings to the fore
the plurality of Surrealist tendencies in both of these environments, so as to further
our understanding of the specificity introduced by the activity of the official
“thirteen” of the Belgrade Surrealism. Taking into account the archive
materials, the Surrealist magazine is seen as one large laboratory of collective
creation, with special emphasis on the issues of group organisation, automatism
and simulation, desire and love, explorations-inclined and socially virulent
spirit of Surrealism. Also, the exhibition indicates various ways of
reassessing the legacy of Surrealism in changed cultural-political ambiance in
the aftermath of the WWII.
The majority of the exhibits were examined and
presented drawing on Marko Ristić’s surviving collection and the Legacy of
Marko Ristić (SASA (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts) Archive and Library),
and thus the exhibition also provides an opportunity to underscore before the
wide public the unique cultural profile and relevance of this body of work
which is one of the most valuable legacies of the 20th c. art at large, and the
Surrealist art in particular, within the Balkans.
The exhibition is organised in the framework of
the project “European Context of Serbian Surrealism”. For a detailed account of
the project, go to https://nadrealizam.rs/en/page/home.
The Museum of Contemporary Art and the
Institute for Literature and Art extend their special thanks to SASA Library
and Archive, mrs. Jelena Jovanović, prof. Aleksandar Kostić, heirs of Oskar
Davičo, Historical Archives of Belgrade, National Library of Serbia, University
Library “Svetozar Marković”, Radio-television of Serbia, Academy Film Centre
DKSG, as well as to numerous colleagues, for supporting the realisation of this
The exhibition was preceded by a two-day
conference organised by the Institute for Literature and Art, Museum of Contemporary Art,
and Society for Serbian-French Intercultural Collaboration. The international
scientific symposium gathered thirty experts and representatives of various academic
institutions from Serbia, Croatia, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Bulgaria,
and Japan, who have dealt with the aspects of Dada and Surrealist poetics in
the framework of the Avant-garde currents in Europe and worldwide, focusing on
the mutually related art phenomena in the space of Yugoslavia and the Western
Balkans, and the periodical publications as a medium. A reader consisting of
the papers presented at the symposium, along with the essays written specially
for this volume, is due to be released after the event.