Austin Spare, Surrealism and the Occult Underground of 1890s & 1990s London

Nadia Choucha traces the evolution of Surrealist ideas and situates them within the occult currents of fin-de-siècle European culture.

DETAILS

Jun 23rd 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

£10

£5 concessions

includes admission to the museum

DESCRIPTION

Surrealism, Austin Osman Spare and the Occult Underground of 1890s and 1990s London

Nadia Choucha discusses the context and evolution of her ground-breaking book, Surrealism and the Occult, first published in 1991. The book traces the evolution of Surrealist ideas and situates them within the occult currents of fin-de-siècle European culture, revealing how these currents infused the work of various thinkers and artists in their quest for the ‘marvellous’. The work of Austin Osman Spare is also discussed as a way of comparing and contrasting his methods and techniques with those of the Surrealists. With the 25th anniversary of the publication of the book approaching, this evening will also present an analysis of the work as occurring within a unique historical and cultural moment.

(Image: Of this men shall know nothing, Max Ernst, 1923)

Bio

Nadia Choucha studied art history at Edinburgh University, fine art media/art theory at Chelsea College of Art in London, and has worked for a variety of specialist bookshops and publishers. She lives in London where she currently works as an editor for an esoteric research institute.