Drawing Room – FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer

10 September - 31 October, 2021
Paul Chan , Barely legal 4 2009 Ink on paper, 43.2 x 35.6 cm Courtesy the artist and Green Naftali, New York © Paul Chan, Collection Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel Photo: Bisig & Bayer, Basel

FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer explores the body as a site of oppression, liberation and troubling pleasures through the work of modern and contemporary artists. It takes as its starting point the radical and transgressive drawings of Hans Bellmer (1902-1975), whose work simultaneously mimicked and resisted the dehumanisation performed by fascism and racism. His drawings have had a powerful influence, sometimes subterranean, on many artists across the world in both high and popular culture, from French Surrealism to Japanese manga. Recently there has been an upsurge of interest in his work, especially the drawings, by younger contemporary artists.

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