This immersive, three-venue exhibition will recall the moment in 1945 when Surrealism descended on a former slave colony - and rewrote not just history, but art history.
To illustrate the story, The Gallery of Everything will display rarely-seen period material by artists from le Centre d’Art d’Haïti, alongside original pieces from the personal collection of André Breton, the founder of Surrealism.
ART + REVOLUTION IN HAITI will be the first time such an in-depth overview of the movement has ever been held in a commercial context.
ART + REVOLUTION IN HAITI will open with an ensemble of period drawings, paintings, sculptures and films at The Gallery of Everything on Chiltern Street. Highlights include an assembly of early cut-outs by the sculptor and metal-worker, Georges Liautaud.
As Frieze Week commences, the project will expand with a solo presentation of large-scale, figurative abstractions by the visionary painter, Robert Saint-Brice. Hosted by the 1-54 African Art Fair in Somerset House, the installation will coincide with a talk on Friday 5th of October on the impact of the movement, the role of Vodou and the legacy of Surrealism on Haiti.
The project will culminate at Frieze Masters with a survey of rare masterpieces by key influencers in the Haitian narrative. Foremost among them, the exceptional Hector Hyppolite - whose visualisations of Vodou spirits were championed by Breton, and who inspired Breton’s infamous collaboration with Marcel Duchamp: Surréalisme en 1947.