Hans Bellmer and The Games of the Doll

In 1934 Hans Bellmer together with his brother Fritz constructed their first doll. This was followed by the publication of “Die Puppe” a pocket-sized book of ten photographs of the doll in various states of assemblage and in a variety of settings with an introductory text written by Hans called “Memories of a Doll Theme”. There was to be only one other collaboration with Fritz in which they planned to run a cine- film of the doll’s desires within her hollow body. It would have been regulated by pressing her nipple but the operation proved to be too complicated and only exists as a blueprint. However the theme of manipulation continued to underlie all Bellmer’s work .

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