Wolfgang Paalen

1905–1959

In Tate Britain

Biography

Wolfgang Robert Paalen (July 22, 1905 in Vienna, Austria – September 24, 1959 in Taxco, Mexico) was a German-Austrian-Mexican painter, sculptor and art philosopher. A member of the Abstraction-Création group from 1934–35, he joined the influential Surrealist movement in 1935 and was one of its prominent exponents until 1942. Whilst in exile in Mexico, he founded his own counter-surrealist art-magazine DYN, in which he summarized his critical attitude towards radical subjectivism and Freudo-Marxism in Surrealism with his philosophy of contingency. He rejoined the group between 1951 and 1954, during his sojourn in Paris.

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Artworks

Sketches, letters, etc.

Wolfgang Paalen, recipient: Marie-Louise Von Motesiczky Postcard from Wolfgang Paalen, Villahermosa

5 September [1956]

Wolfgang Paalen, recipient: Marie-Louise Von Motesiczky Letter from Wolfgang Paalen, Tepoztlán

11–26 November 1956

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