https://doi.org/10.51897/interalia/WLPY9884

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Erotyki niesamowite. O Pamiątkach po lalce Hansa Bellmera

Jeremy Bell

Trent University

 

Abstract

The German-born Surrealist artist and writer Hans Bellmer is currently most famous for the two dolls he created in Berlin during the 1930s, alongside accompanying photographs and texts. Controversial for the challenging and oftentimes sexually graphic character of his work, Bellmer has often been criticized by feminist thinkers. Beginning with the recently hosted Double Sexus exhibition in Berlin, where his work was presented alongside that of Louise Bourgeois, and then examining his doll photographs and other works, I argue that—far from reifying gender norms—Bellmer deconstructs the stability of the male ego.

 

Keywords: Hans Bellmer; Louise Bourgeois; body; erotics; doll; masculinity