May, 11 2006 - July, 30 2006
Hayward Gallery, London
Paris in the late 1920s was the intellectual and artistic heart of Europe. Surrealism was the dominant avant-garde movement: jazz and talkies had just arrived, and a new world culture seemed in the making. Georges Bataille’s magazine Documents, which ran from 1929 to 1930, confronted this moment head-on, with a radical questioning of Western values, of notions of the primitive, of ritual, popular culture and the whole edifice of high art.