Tuen Tony Kwok – Hans Bellmer 漢斯.奔馬 (1902-1975)

Gepubliceerd op 17 apr. 2017

Hans Bellmer (13 March 1902 – 24 February 1975) was a German artist, best known for the life-sized pubescent female dolls he produced in the mid-1930s. Historians of art and photography also consider him a Surrealist photographer.

Bellmer was born in the city of Kattowitz, then part of the German Empire (now Katowice, Poland). Up until 1926, he’d been working as a draftsman for his own advertising company. He initiated his doll project to oppose the fascism of the Nazi Party by declaring that he would make no work that would support the new German state. Represented by mutated forms and unconventional poses, his dolls were directed specifically at the cult of the perfect body then prominent in Germany. Bellmer was influenced in his choice of art form by reading the published letters of Oskar Kokoschka (Der Fetisch, 1925).

Bellmer’s doll project is also said to have been catalysed by a series of events in his personal life. Hans Bellmer takes credit for provoking a physical crisis in his father and brings his own artistic creativity into association with childhood insubordination and resentment toward a severe and humorless paternal authority. Perhaps this is one reason for the nearly universal, unquestioning acceptance in the literature of Bellmer’s promotion of his art as a struggle against his father, the police, and ultimately, fascism and the state. Events of his personal life also including meeting a beautiful teenage cousin in 1932 (and perhaps other unattainable beauties), attending a performance of Jacques Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann (in which a man falls tragically in love with an automaton), and receiving a box of his old toys. After these events, he began to actually construct his first dolls. In his works, Bellmer explicitly sexualized the doll as a young girl. The dolls incorporated the principle of “ball joint”, which was inspired by a pair of sixteenth-century articulated wooden dolls in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum

He visited Paris in 1935 and made contacts there, such as Paul Éluard, but returned to Berlin because his wife Margarete was dying of tuberculosis.

漢斯奔馬(1902年3月13日 – 1975年2月24日)是德國的藝術家,他在30年代中期產生的真人大小的短柔毛女娃娃而聞名。藝術和攝影的歷史學家也認為他是一個超現實主義攝影師。

奔馬出生在城市Kattowitz,那麼德意志帝國(現為卡托維茲,波蘭)的一部分。直到1926年,他一直在努力為自己的廣告公司的繪圖員。他給他的娃娃項目,宣稱他將沒有工作,將支持新的德國政府反對納粹黨的法西斯主義。通過突變形式和非常規姿勢代表他的娃娃都在完美的身體,然後在德國著名的邪教專門針對。奔馬被閱讀奧斯卡·柯克西卡(DER Fetisch,1925)的信件發表在他所選擇的藝術形式的影響。