L’EXPOSITION SURRÉALISTE, Galerie Pierre Colle, Paris, 1925

Artists: Hans Arp, Paul Klee, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Giorgio de Chirico, André Masson, Pierre Roy

Duration: November 1326, 1925

Opening: November 13, 1925

Dimensions: 7.9 x 12 cm

Further Information: Galerie Pierre Colle was founded in October 1924 by Pierre Loeb. L’exposition Surréaliste in 1925 was the first exhibition of Surrealist painting and included some of the most influential artists of that time. It was organized just one year after the first publication of the Manifeste du surréalisme by André Breton in October 1924. The Surrealists emerged as a response to the terror and horror of the First World War and as a provocation to bourgeois society. Seeking a new understanding of art, experimental techniques aimed to move away from rational thinking and towards the subconscious. The Surrealists formed a diverse group of thinkers coming from the disciplines of poetry, literature, theater, music, photography, and visual arts. During his career, Loeb exhibited other artists linked to the movement, such as Dora Maar, Marc Chagall, and Jean Arp, as well as Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse. Although during the Second World War, Loeb was forced to sell his gallery and go into exile to Cuba, he managed to later return and reopen. Galerie Pierre Colle remained one of the major representational venues for Surrealist Art until its closure in 1963.


Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

André BretonGiorgio de ChiricoHans ArpJoan MiróMan RayMax ErnstPablo PicassoPaul Klee

Another invitation card and catalogue for an early exhibition of Surrealist artworks, Exposition Surrealiste, at Pierre Colle in Paris in 1933.