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E. L. T. Mesens papers, 1917-1976 (bulk 1920-1971)

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Mesens (E. L. T.) papers
Series II. International Surrealist Exhibition 1936 ca. .5 lin. ft.
Series comprises notes, printed matter, photographs and negatives that document the planning and execution of this significant exhibit, a project Mesens undertook with Roland Penrose.
box folder
10 4 The London Press Exchange April-July 1936 16 items
The London Press Exchange dealt with the advertising in London papers. Rupert Lee (chair of the exhibition committee) and Diana Lee (secretary of the exhibition committee) were responsable for the relations with the press. Some documents are lists of exhibitors. Also information about the sandwich boards that were used in the advertising campaign. [See also Box 10, folder 10 for press cuttings.]
10 5 Publicity 5 items
Slips with biographical sketches of artists. Informal and official biographies of the artists. Folder that announces the lectures that will be given during the exhibition. Lloyds of London insurance policy.
10 6 Correspondence: A-C 32 items
Correspondents include Eileen Agar, John Banting, Luis Bunel, Stuart Browning, Norman Cameron, Henry Clifford (he buys a De Chirico), Pierre Colle, Cecil Collins (9 items), William Crawford (4 items). [See also Series I. Correspondence for 1936.]
10 7 Correspondence: D-G 29 items
Letter to the Danish delegation: "The [Danish] pictures have arrived and have been seized by the English Customs as being 'indecent' and they threaten to burn them." Letter to the Daily Worker (the committee responds to unjust criticism, they state that there were 2000 people at the opening and not only the contributing artists). Other correspondents include: Hugh Sykes Davies, Norman Dawson, Mrs. Dobrée, Jack Ellett, Faber and Faber, René Gaffé, David Gascoyne, Nicolette Gray, Geoffrey Grigson, Grosvenor school of art (they complain about the rudeness of turnstile attendant towards the students), Gaumont Britsh (Film Service).
10 8 Correspondence: H-L 23 items
Correspondents include: Rupert Hart-Davies, Brian Howard, Imperial Arts League (9 items), L'Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, Arthur Jeffries, Barbara Jones, Humphrey Jennings.
10 9 Correspondence: M-O 37 items
Correspondents include: Mrs. Mims (5 items), N. S. Mortensen and Knud Lundbaek (they are part of the Danish group Linien) regarding some of the Danish work that came too late and was returned), Gerald Christy (the Lecture Agency), Maison Mommen, Maufe, E. A. Mott, Len Lye, Robert Medley, Roy de Maistre, Meret Oppenheim, the North London Film Society (5 items), a text on surrealism by Germain Bazin.
10 10 Correspondence: P 13 items
Correspondents include: Angel Planelles, Roland Penrose, Pailthorpe. A private view list. Twenty three pages of press cuttings provided by the London Press Exchange.
10 11 Correspondence: R-T 32 items
Correspondents include: Georges Reavey, Herbert Read (10 items, 4 pp introduction for the catalog), Galerie Simon (5 items), Oscar Sitt, E. E. Stern, C. Sykes, Strutt, Graham Sutherland (4 items), John Taylor, the London Times (four drafts for an announcement in the Times).
10 12 Correspondence: T-Z 53 items
Correspondents include Ruthven Todd, Gohanne Tomblin, John Tunard, Julian Trevelyan, Graham Wilson, Mr. Zwemmer. 25 items related to Saunders, Gilson and Co (insurance brokers), includes lists of works exhibited. Sutton, Ommanney and Oliver (4 items). Tyler and co (surveyors and assessors), 13 items.
10 13 Documents 11 items
Notes of the 10 June 1935 meeting of the International Surrealist Exhibition committee. Guarantors material. List of English exhibitors. Zwemmer's Minotaure mailing list (5pp.). Prices of works by Hans Arp and Alberto Giacometti. Acknowledgement that the I.C.E paid the New Burlington Galleries fifteen pounds for the period of 8 June to 4 July 1936.
10 14 Manuscript of speech given by Mesens at the opening of the exhibition
10 15 Negatives of works exhibited ca. 30 negatives
by Gaumont-British.


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