Pierre Klossowski, Roberte agressée par les esprits qu'elle a censurés (Roberta Attacked by the Spirits She Had Censured), 1976, colored pencil on paper, 63 3/4 x 43 5/16".


Pierre Klossowski

Museum Ludwig, Cologne
December 22–March 18

Whitechapel Gallery
77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
September 20–November 19

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
April 2–June 4

Curated by Sarah Wilson

Pierre Klossowski (1905–2001) remains best known for his literary and philosophical activities. The founder, with Marie Bonaparte and Dr. René Laforgue, of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society, Klossowski was an active collaborator in the Collège de Sociologie (with Georges Bataille, Roger Caillois, et al.), and his 1947 theological study, Sade mon prochaine, is a classic, while his many novels enjoy a devoted coterie. Nevertheless, Klossowski’s delicate and perverse drawings remain marginalia in the history of Surrealism, in part because his allegorical, erotic art has been overshadowed by the fame of his younger brother, Balthus. The museums present some forty large-scale drawings and sculptures from 1952 to 1990 as well as films and related materials, complicating our perception of an already slippery figure. Travels to the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Dec. 22, 2006-Mar. 18, 2007; Centre Pompidou, Paris, Apr. 2-June 4, 2007.