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Eva Sulzer, Pyramid of the Magicians, Uxmal, 1939, gelatin silver print, 8 1/8 x 7 3/4". From “Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico.”

“Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico”

The Getty Research Institute

Eva Sulzer, Pyramid of the Magicians, Uxmal, 1939, gelatin silver print, 8 1/8 x 7 3/4". From “Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico.”

Dyn was a little-known journal published in Mexico City between 1942 and 1944 by a group of émigré artists, thinkers, and poets previously affiliated with Surrealism. As the Getty Research Institute’s recent small but absorbing show demonstrated, the artists associated with the publication shared a fascination with the precontact cultures of the Americas as well as with advances in physics, and, through their work, sought a meaningful language with which to animate their disparate sources of inspiration, from ancient petroglyphs to modern science. Taking its name from the Greek dynaton, meaning “the possible,” Dyn may have published only six issues, but it included a vast array of material in its attempt to forge a link with the past while at the same time prefiguring the future: photographs of totem poles, drawings of archaeological excavations, scholarly anthropological essays.

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