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Conceptual Drawing for the Salle des Superstition (Hall of Superstitions)

Frederick Kiesler, American (born Austria-Hungary), 1890 - 1965


Pen and black ink and opaque watercolor on cream card

Sheet: 14 7/8 x 19 7/8 inches (37.8 x 50.5 cm)

© Frederick Kiesler Foundation, Vienna

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Ronnie L. and John E. Shore, 2010

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Following a plan conceived by artist Marcel Duchamp and writer and poet André Breton, Kiesler created a surrealist exhibition at the Gallery Maeght in Paris called Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme in 1947. He designed a fantastic surrealist environment called Salle des Superstitions (Hall of Superstitions), a cavelike space that he called “magic architecture.” Integrated into the presentation were works of art by Joan Miró, David Hare, Max Ernst, and Duchamp, as well as two sculptures by Kiesler himself.