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 was founded in October 1924 by Pierre Loeb. L’exposition de Peinture Surréaliste in 1925 was the first exhibition of Surrealist painting and included some of the most influential artists from that time. It was organized just one year after the first publication of the Manifeste du surréalisme by André Breton in October 1924. The group of Surrealists has emerged as a response to the terror and horror of the First World War as provocation to the establishing bourgeois society. Seeking a new understanding of art away from rationalized thinking towards an administration of the subconscious by means of experimentation and provocation, 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 in exile to Cuba, he managed to return, and to reopen his gallery. Galerie Pierre 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 art works in Exposition Surrealiste at Pierre Colle in Paris in 1933.