Arp, Bellmer, Breton, de Chirico, Dali, Duchamp, Eluard, Ernst, Giacometti, Hugnet, Klee, Magritte, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Man Ray, Styrsky, et al.
VERY RARE CATALOG OF THE HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL 1937 TOKYO EXHIBITION OF SURREALISM, FEATURING THE WORK OF NEARLY ALL THE MAJOR SURREALIST ARTISTS OF THE PERIOD.
“From June 9 to June 14, 1937, an international Exhibition of Surrealism was held first in Tokyo, then in Kyoto... which was organized by the periodical Mizue–that is, by Shuzo Takiguchi and Nobuo Yamanaka with the help of Éluard, Hugnet, and Penrose. It was, in its way, a consecration of the work begun in Japan by Takiguchi, a poet and theoretician of prime importance who, even more than his professor Junzaburo Nishiwaki, with whom he had founded the periodical Fukuikutaru kafu yo in 1927, was the representative of an authentic surrealism” (Durozoi, History of the Surrealist Movement).
“[T]he 1937 exhibition received limited newspaper coverage. However, the impact on art students throughout Japan was seismic...” (Hopkins, A Companion to Dada and Surrealism).
This catalog of the exhibition, a special issue of Takiguchi and Yamanaka’s Mizue, features reproductions of works by Eileen Agar, Hans Arp, Hans Bellmer (4), Victor Brauner, André Breton, Jaqueline Breton, Giorgio de Chirico, Leandro Cristfol, Salvador Dali (8), Oscar Dominguez, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Eluard, Max Ernst, Mervyn Evans, Leonor Fini, Angel Ferrault, Alberto Giacometti, Stanley William Hayter, Maurice Henry, Charles Howard, Georges Hugnet, Hugo Valentine, Marcel Jean, Humphrey Jennings, Paul Klee, Dora Maar, Rene Magritte, Joan Miró (7), Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Wolfgang Paalen, Roland Penrose, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray (4), Remedios, AC Sewter, Jindrich Styrsky, Toyen, and Julian Trevelyan.
Tokyo: Takiguchi and Yamanaka, 1937. Octavo (190x259 mm), original wrappers, complete with the (often lacking) “extra” removable wrapper by Max Ernst; glassine. With the rare entrance ticket, printed on pink paper bound in as issued. Housed in custom box by noted book artist Sjoerd Hofstra. A small spot of early internal tape reinforcement on verso of Ernst wrapper; a little soiling to title and last leaf; illustrations fine.
A MAGNIFICENT AND IMPORTANT PUBLICATION, EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE AND IN THE ORIGINAL WRAPPERS.
Price: $6,800 .