The Tinkering Machine

January 6, 2008

Surrealism In Belgium

Filed under: 1 — photomorphose @ 10:41 am

Belgian Surrealist Group 

“Le rendez-vous de chasse“, Bruxelles, 1934. 

Sitting from left to right: Irène Hamoir, Marthe Beauvoisin, Georgette Magritte. Standing from left to right: E.L.T. Mesens, René Magritte, Louis Scutenaire, André Souris, Paul Nougé.

 “In this essay I argue that the Belgian Surrealists looked to the Marquis de Sade as a model for their subversive activities. For Sade and the Belgian group, the notion of the criminal is central to their understanding of cultural revolution and entails a discussion of vision and spectacle, darkness and secrecy, and the role of the accomplice. In addition to criminality, I discuss the ambivalent insistence on rationality and structure in the writing of Sade and of the Belgian Surrealists. Finally, I point to some of the ways in which the Belgian group differed radically from the French Surrealists (Breton’s group). Within this essay I am referring to the Brussels Surrealist group as the Belgian Surrealists in general. I do this to emphasize my differentiation of them from Breton’s group centered in Paris . I am not disregarding the Hainault group, but placing them alongside Breton’s group due to their loyalty to Breton and to his conception of the movement.”  (Stacy Fuessle. 2005.


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