Surrealism and its Legacies in Latin America

Dawn AdÈs

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264775
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734984 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Surrealism and its Legacies in Latin America

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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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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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