Dr Julia Drost (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris): Utopias and Dystopias of Nature: Ecological Thought in Surrealism

  • 5.15pm - 6.15pm

  • Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

This lecture investigates to what extent psychoanalytic interpretive approaches to Surrealism can be, and indeed must be, considered in conjunction with ecological questions. There is a pronounced awareness in Surrealism of questions of the relationship between man and the environment. Surrealism is not in fact characterized by a unified position vis-à-vis nature. Rather, it is a question here of understanding the diversity and plurality of Surrealism’s artistic and intermedial approaches.

Julia Drost is Director of Research at the German Center for Art History in Paris (DFK Paris). Her research and publications focus on French and German Art from the 19th to the 21st century, Surrealism and the history of the Avant-gardes, Art Market Studies, and Transnational Art History. Since November 2014 she has been in charge of the international research project Le Surréalisme et l’argent, galeries, marchands et collectionneurs; in cooperation with Fabrice Flahutez (Université Paris Nanterre) and Martin Schieder (Universität Leipzig).

The talk will be followed by a Q & A, and a wine reception.

This event is organised by the Dada & Surrealism Research Group at the University of Edinburgh.