WOLFGANG PAALEN: Scenes for a Sorcerer


"Dear Julien, P. S. to my recent letter: Do you know Paalen's work? I suppose that you have seen some reproductions. Among the young Surr[ealists]'s he ought to come out- he paints scenes "for" a sorcerer (you never see the witches). All this to hope that you might show him in N.Y." - Marcel Duchamp to Julien Levy, 1939

Weinstein Gallery is pleased to present Wolfgang Paalen - Scenes for a Sorcerer. This comprehensive exhibition features over forty works, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures spanning the artist's four-decade career from 1927 - 1958.


Wolfgang Paalen (1905 - 1959), a visionary artist and intellectual of the 20th century, left an indelible mark on the world through his profound commitment to exploring the limitless realms of possibility. Paalen's life and work were characterized by an insatiable curiosity and an unyielding desire to push the boundaries of artistic expression and philosophical inquiry. Through his avant-garde art, writings, and groundbreaking theories, Paalen emphasized the importance of delving into the uncharted territories of the mind and the cosmos itself.


This exhibition invites the viewer to experience the intersection of Paalen's artistic ingenuity and his philosophical inquiry. It challenges us to examine the profound interconnectedness of artistic expression and the enigma of human cognition. Paalen beckons us to voyage into his creative universe, inviting us to emerge with renewed perspectives on art, philosophy, and the indefatigable mysteries of existence.


Paalen's works can be found in the permanent collections of many museums in both Europe and America, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Britain, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Art Institute of Chicago, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Most recently, he was featured in the exhibitions Enchanted Modernity: Surrealism & Magic at the Peggy Guggenheim, Venice and Museum Barberini, Potsdam, and the retrospective exhibition Wolfgang Paalen: An Austrian Surrealist in Paris and Mexico at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna.


The exhibition is accompanied by a PDF catalogue with an essay by Andreas Neufert, curator of the recent exhibition Wolfgang Paalen - The Austrian Surrealist in Paris and Mexico at the Belvedere, Vienna, and author of PAALEN - Life and Work, Volumes I, II, & III.