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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures$
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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264775

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264775.001.0001

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Surrealism and its Legacies in Latin America

Surrealism and its Legacies in Latin America

British Academy Lecture

(p.393) Surrealism and its Legacies in Latin America
Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Dawn AdÈs

British Academy

This chapter presents the text of a lecture on the legacies of surrealism in Latin America given at the 2009 British Academy Lecture Series. This text discusses the tensions between surrealist internationalism and local cultural nationalisms, the contested relationship between surrealism and Magic Realism, and the enduring surrealist fascination with Pre-Columbian art and architecture. It analyzes the works of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Gunther Gerzso and works of contemporary Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles. It contents that art from Latin America has flourished in recent years without claiming surrealism as an exclusive source.

Keywords:   surrealism, Latin America, surrealist internationalism, local cultural nationalisms, pre-Columbian art, Magic Realism, Frida Kahlo, Gunther Gerzso, Cildo Meireles

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