This V&A exhibition catalogue curated by Klar, offers a good brief survey of the friendships, collaborations and love affairs between the more well known participants in the Surrealist movement, explaining how they flourished through collaboration and the exchange of wild, whimsical ideas as well as romantic partners. The Paris cafe scene was pivotal to this experimental atmosphere until the movement became scattered by the onslaught of WWII. Illustrated.
The web of friendships within the Surrealist circle was one a key source of inspiration for this close group of artists and writers and many of their greatest works stem from their collaborative approach to the creative process. Stimulated by mutual admiration, these works range from the sketchy 'cadavre exquis' drawings to complete ballet productions. The stories of personal relationships reveal the often hidden iconography of many Surrealist artworks and help us understand the Surrealists' highly referential objects. This is a fascinating look at fifteen relationships between the main participants of Surrealism and features over forty works of art and design from the movement.