ARTURES-Yüksel Arslan.

The combination of paintings and texts or messages is something, which can be seen in the art world frequently: René Magritte, Joseph Beuys, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mario Dalpra or Franz West use that technique to express their “inner world” and transport messages to the observer of their work.

I follow up that topic (“autographs are art”) in my blog with the topic of ARTURES which were invented by the turkish artist YÜKSEL ARSLAN.  ARTURES is an expression which combines “ART” and “peintURES” ore “litterartURES”.

In 1964, Arslan’s “artures” were included in the exhibition entitled “The Origins, History and Relationships of Surrealism” organized by the Galerie Charpentier, and viewed today as one of the most important exhibitions of the history of Surrealism.

Yüksel Arslan lives since 1962 in Paris and had long lasting contacts to the known surrealists at that time – In 1964, Arslan’s “artures” were included in the exhibition entitled “The Origins, History and Relationships of Surrealism” organized by the Galerie Charpentier, and viewed today as one of the most important exhibitions of the history of Surrealism ( see  as well )

He became internationally known during the last years. After his exhibition at SENTRALISTANBUL in 2009, his works were shown in Vienna, Zurich and Düsseldorf. (seeüksel_Arslan)

I am happy to show very early testimonials of Yüksel Arslan from the 1965  at the point he still lives in Berlin and  moves to Paris  and prepares the exhibition at the gallery Sydow in Frankfurt.

Einladung CPH1 Einladung CPH2



Max Ernst, Man Ray, Dorothea Tanning – catalogue No.58

” What is the surrealism which Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning and Man Ray are witnesses here?”

In 1938, the invitation of international Art Exhibition in Amsterdam in 1938 under a nice picture of Max Ernst you can find an answer: “The surrealism is not a literary or artistic school . It is a mental state. In our times, only the imagination can bring the feeling of liberty to the menaced mankind.”

This is an exhibition catalogue of the 3 painters, called “Max Ernst, Man Ray, Dorothea Tanning : trois painters américain, due tourangeux-un parisien”. The exhibition has taken place at the Museé des Beaux-Arts de Tours form november 10th – december 16th 1956. This catalogue is one out of 100 numbered catalogues and signed by all three artists. Nice and rare giving homage to all three painters.


Autograph letter with drawing

René Magritte – apples

Apples -or not?

Magritte‘s work frequently displays a collection of ordinary objects in an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things. The use of objects as other than what they seem is typified in his painting, The Treachery of Images (La trahison des images), which shows a pipe that looks as though it is a model for a tobacco store advertisement. Magritte painted below the pipe “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”), which seems a contradiction, but is actually true: the painting is not a pipe, it is an image of a pipe. It does not “satisfy emotionally”—when Magritte once was asked about this image, he replied that of course it was not a pipe, just try to fill it with tobacco.

Magritte used the same approach in a painting of an apple: he painted the fruit and then used an internal caption or framing device to deny that the item was an apple. In these “Ceci n’est pas” works, Magritte points out that no matter how naturalistically we depict an object, we never do catch the item itself. (Wikipedia)

The shown letter is showing the Magritte´s apples with a annotations how to configurate them. When I read the website

I recognized the painting which belongs to this letter

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Is Dali a bad painter or is he simply a genius – as he states in one of his interviews? Maybe be get more insight in reading one of his books?

In the foreword to Dalí’s Diary of a Genius, Michel Déon writes:

“Dalí most endearing features are his roots and his ‘antennae’. Roots that reach deep down into the earth to explore everything that man has created in terms of delicacies (one of his favorite words), paintings, architecture, sculpture. Antennae that are directed toward the future, which they instantly sense, anticipate, and understand. It cannot be repeated often enough that Dalí is filled with insatiable intellectual curiosity. All achievements, all discoveries fall, defeated, in his works. And appear in them, in scarcely changed form.”

Diary of a Genius (covers his life from 1952 to 1964) reveals a daily Dalí, with an extraordinary authenticity, a kind of portrait of Dalí naked, covered with great delight in the mirror before which he’s standing. But what is obvious is, that Dalí not only loves his reflection: in him, and far beyond his own image, are the big questions that agitated the mind of genius that he never doubted he was. As he’s not afraid of the words, he plays with them with pleasure, tainted them with an irresistible humor.

Diary of a genius stands as one of the seminal texts of Surrealism, revealing the intimate workings of the mind of Salvador Dali, the eccentric polymath genius who became the living embodiment of the 20th century’s most intensely subversive, disturbing and influential art movement.

This book is the first edition („Edition de la Table Ronde“), edition  for the artist from 1964.

The book is inscribed by Salvador Dali „A JeaMichel, Hommage de Dali 1964“ coming with a ballpoint sketch (little crown) and another ballpoint drawing showing one of the favorite motive of Dali „Don Quixote“. VG.

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Dear autograph community!

With this new blog, I want to bring you nearer to the fascinating area of collecting autographs. I concentrate my collection on fine signed photographs and on letters or fine signed books. As well I like exhibition catalogues (best if signed) very much.

When you look at good photos, there is a vibration which you can feel, you can be next into the situation captured by the camera. This is simply fascinating!

When you read a letter, you are overlooking the mind and the thoughts of the artists. Sometimes they were written in hazzle, sometimes with a calm. For us who are living in the Facebook-Age and get more & more uncommon to write something by hand, a fairly different feeling of looking at the emotions in the words as well in the handwriting. Faboulous !

I also get more and more inspired to integrate some of the autographs and integrate the content into something new. For me autographs are ART.

And now, please walk through and look at the most iconic artists of the 19th and 20th century. Enjoy ! and feed back is always welcome! I will try to write one or 2 times per month.