Live Auction: 16 March 2022 • 6:00 PM CET • Paris

Surrealism and Its Legacy 16 March 2022 • 6:00 PM CET • Paris
"Because I am the only one who, after the death of Art, did not inherit from it; all the artists who followed the procession and wander the world appeared in its will; as for myself, it disinherited me, but that left me free to say anything that comes to my mind and do whatever I want."
Francis Picabia

D ada and Surrealism transformed chaos into beauty, contradiction into poetry, darkness into imagery and the impossible into the possible. It was an avant-garde movement born from the ashes of the First World War. Surrealists didn’t try to invent the beauty of the world–they did the opposite, taking it as it was and exploring its many facets to find the beauty, joy, force, hope and humour that Classicism could not achieve. Surrealism is the disobedient wife of Blue Beard, who wants nothing more than to open the forbidden door. In today’s increasingly complex, contradictory and multipolar world, the legacy of Surrealism resonates more because it embraces these contradictions instead of resolving them.

Thomas Bompard

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