Inspired by the magic-themed library of Kurt Seligmann (1900–1962), acquired by Cornell upon his death, this exhibition explores the surrealists’ interest in magic, the occult, and indigenous spirituality. A range of paintings and works on paper by Seligmann and his fellow surrealists will be presented, along with rare books from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, correspondence, ephemera, music, and film.
This exhibition is curated by Andy Weislogel, the Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47 Curator, Earlier European and American Art, at the Johnson Museum, and Laurent Ferri, curator of pre-1800 collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, at Kroch Library.
Images from Surrealism and Magic (Click an image to open slideshow)
Kurt Seligmann (American, born Switzerland, 1900–1962), Alaska, 1944. Oil on hardboard. Courtesy of the Mayor Gallery, London.›
Kurt Seligmann (American, born Switzerland, 1900–1962), Kurt Seligmann’s bookplate. Letterpress. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.›