Hopi Kachina dolls | In and around the Surrealist Collections | Andre Breton / Max Ernst

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Andre Breton and his Kachina dolls

André Breton and his Kachina dolls

Andre Breton, started collecting Kachinas in 1927 and established their place in the art world when he featured a Kachina on the poster for an exhibition of Surrealist objects in Paris in 1936. Many artists soon wished, in Breton’s words, to “accede” to a newly discovered system of knowledge and cultural relationships: Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Roberto Matta, Jorge Camacho and Harold and Louise Corbusier all owned Kachinas.

Andre Bretons apartment at 42 rue Fontaine Paris

Andre Breton’s apartment at 42, rue Fontaine, Paris

Hopi Arizona Qotsa Nataaska Katsina 1910
Zuni New Mexico Situlilu Rattlesnake Katsina 1910 30

Hopi , Arizona Qötsa Nata’aska Katsina, 1910 / Zuni, New Mexico, Katsina, 1910-30

Andre Bretons apartment at 42 rue Fontaine Paris

Andre Breton’s apartment at 42, rue Fontaine, Paris

Max Ernst with his collection of Kachina dolls on the terrace of Peggy Guggenheims brownstone NYC 1942 1

Max Ernst with his collection of Kachina dolls on the terrace of Peggy Guggenheim’s brownstone, NYC 1942

Max Ernst and his kachina dolls collection spring 1942

Max Ernst and his kachina dolls collection, spring 1942

Man Ray Kachina Dolls 1945 1

Man Ray, Kachina Dolls, 1945

Max Ernst New York NY 1942
Katsina Doll 1

Max Ernst, New York, NY, 1942 / Katsina Doll

Kachina dolls 1922

Edward Sheriff Curtis, Kachina dolls, 1922

Three Hopi Indian kachina dolls ca.1900

Three Hopi Indian kachina dolls, ca.1900

Katsina Doll 2

Kachina dolls

“They are the most beautiful things in the world…”

Paul Éluard described kachina dolls in “Letters to Gala” (1927)

Andy Warhol Kachina Dolls 381 1986

Andy Warhol, Kachina Dolls 381, 1986

Kachina dolls represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo peoples in the American Southwest. Given to children, they constituted a pedagogical tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.

Hopi Kachina dolls Poster

Hopi Kachina dolls Poster / Hopi katsina vintage Collection
Native American culture / Art Print / ^ Buy it here

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