Surrealism and Architecture

Surrealism and Architecture

Surrealism and Architecture

Surrealism and Architecture


This is a historically informed examination of architecture's perceived absence in surrealist thought, surrealist tendencies in the theories and projects of modern architecture, and the place of surrealist thought in contemporary design.This book represents current insights into surrealism in the thought and practice of modern architecture. In these essays, the role of the subconscious, the techniques of defamiliarization, aesthetic and social forces affecting the objects, interiors, cities and landscapes of the 20th century are revealed. The book contains a diversity of voices from across modern art and architecture to bring into focus what is often overlooked in the histories of the modernist avant-garde. This collection examines the practices of writers, artists, architects, and urbanists with emphasis on a critique of the everyday world-view, offering alternative models of subjectivity, artistic effect, and the production of meanings in the built world.


The authors and publishers gratefully acknowledge the following for permission to reproduce material in the book. Every effort has been made to contact copyright holders for their permission to reprint material. The publishers would be grateful to hear from any copyright holder who is not acknowledged here and will undertake to rectify any errors or omissions in future editions of the book.

© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2004-5.1, 5.2 Dawn Ades - 2.1

© 2004 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York - 7.2, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.10, 7.11

© 2004 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/FLC - 8.2, 8.4, 8.6, 8.8, 8.9, 8.11, 8.12, 8.13, 8.17, 8.18, 8.20

© 2004 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/Les Heritiers Matisse - 3.2

© 2004 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome - 8.1

© Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation (Source: Archive of the Kiesler Foundation Vienna) - 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4

Banier edition of Ovid's Metamorphoses, Paris, Pissot 1767-7.1

Bibliothèque nationale de France - 3.1, 14.1, 14.2, 14.3

© Canadian Centre for Architecture - 21.1, 21.2

© C. Herscovici, Brussels/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York - 8.3, 8.5, 8.7, 8.10, 8.14, 8.16, 8.19

Photograph by L. Hervé, Courtesy L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui. Originally
published in L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 101 (1962): 24-17.3

H. Kulka, fromAdolf Loos, Löcker Verlag 1979-2.2

Jean La Marche - 19.2, 19.3, 19.4, 19.5

Conroy Maddox, scanned images courtesy Liverpool University Press - 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4

Fernando Magallanes - 16.1, 16.2

Paul Nougé, from Subversion des Images, Les Lèvres nues 1968-2.3

The Paris group of the surrealist movement - 15.1

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