Canal March

Paris 1918-1945: Picasso, Le Corbusier, Breton

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Following in the footsteps of figures such as Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, André Breton, Meret Oppenheim and Man Ray, this lecture is proposed as a cultural journey—in the hands of the architect, professor, academic and critic Luis Fernández-Galiano—through the Surrealist revolution and the time of the return to the order of interwar Paris, as a reaction to the so-called "historical avant-gardes" and the Art Deco aesthetic of the Belle Époque. Several artistic projects and patrons, including the American Gertrude Stein, the Russian Ballets of Diághilev and the Exhibition of Decorative Arts of 1925 with the pavilion of the Esprit Nouveau of Le Corbusier, supported and promoted the aesthetic fracture that turned the French capital into the favourite city of the international intelligentsia and an indubitable capital of the arts, from the end of the First World War until the occupation of Paris by the Nazi troops between 1940 and 1944.

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