Art from the Past: Surrealism and Fantastic Art Lecture Series Surrealisms...

Art from the Past: Surrealism and Fantastic Art

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  1. Juan José LahuertaJuan José LahuertaArquitecto, escritor y profesor de Historia del Arte en la Escuela de Arquitectura de Barcelona. Entre sus libros pueden mencionarse Antoni Gaudí. Architecture, Ideology, and Politics (1993), Dalí. El fenómeno del éxtasis (2004), Le Corbusier. Espagne. Carnets (2005), Estudios antiguos (Premio internacional de ensayo del Círculo de Bellas Artes 2009) y Humaredas. Arquitectura, ornamentación, medios impresos (2010). Es miembro del consejo de redacción de Casabella (Milano) y director de la editorial Mudito & Co (Barcelona). Ha sido “senior curator” del Museu Picasso de Barcelona y titular de la King Juan Carlos Chair en New York University.

The vision that surrealism projects over the art of the past is "retroactive". Surrealism writes a story of art that is chronologically inverted, starting with modern art and going back to the past, in way that the past is presented as the culmination of the present, and not the other way around. And in this operation of appropriating the past, that which they call "fantastic art" will have an essential importance, this includes authors of cult art like Paolo Uccello or Bosch, to the art of children, naives, or mad people...