La Poupée / Detail (1936)
Caça ao Búzio by Fernando Lemos, 1949
Reference to Hans Bellmer in Marquis de Sade’s Prosperities of Vice, (1988, Akio Jissoji).
Monica Carocci - Doll, 1995
Josef Bartuška (1898-1963)
"And didn’t the doll, which lived solely through the thoughts projected into it, and which despite its unlimited pliancy could be maddeningly stand-offish, didn’t the very creation of its dollishness contain the desire and intensity sought in it by the imagination? Didn’t it amount to the final triumph over those young girls – with their wide eyes and averted looks – when a conscious gaze plundered its charms, when aggressive fingers searching for something malleable allowed the distillates of mind and senses slowly to take form, limb by limb?
Fit one joint to the other, swivel the ball-joints full circle and test them for childlike poses, gently trace the hollows, savour the pleasures of the curves, stray into the opening of an ear, do pretty things while simultaneously scattering the salt of deformation with a hint of vengeance.
Isn’t that the solution?”
— Hans Bellmer, The Doll
Stills from a performance for camera, inspired by the photographs of Unica Zürn taken by Hans Bellmer
"The disruption of body parts has an important function for Bellmer. He is fascinated by the ‘bubbles’ of flesh that are created and the inability of the mind to understand what it sees. For Bellmer ‘the imagination derives exclusively from bodily experiences’ and language is hardly sufficient to describe ‘the interoceptive images of the body’. It is the places where the viscera intercept with desired excitation that he is interested in unveiling. These could be any point of focus where desire is submitted to by an internal impulse leaving the rest of the body to disappear or be displaced.”
— Miranda Argyle, Hans Bellmer and The Games of the Doll
Tragic Anatomies by Jake and Dinos Chapman, 1996
The Chapmans’ aim is to unearth the contradictions and hypocrisies present in contemporary culture, posing questions but providing no answers.
“There’s nothing we’ve done here that can rival the darkness of the imaginations of children. They aren’t the innocents that adults want them to be.” -J.C.
2. Mirror, Mirror On The Floor Your Dad’s A Prick Your Mom’s A Whore
3. Catherine Milner
Fibreglass, resin and paint
Pierre Molinier, Autoportrait de dos avec la poupée
Doll with Water Bowl
La poupée #5 and #29 by Manuel Cristaldi, 1983-1985 (homage to Bellmer)
Video recording from Italian R.A.I of the video/performance Pupilla by Valeria Magli
From Alice by Hajime Sawatari, 1973
Poupée aux bas noirs by Hans Bellmer, 1932