Drawn to the ruins of the Pacific Northwest and pre-Columbian Mexico, three European artists—Wolfgang Paalen, Alice Rahon, and Eva Sulzer—left Paris in 1939 for Mexico City, becoming part of an international group of Surrealist artists and writers who settled there during the 1940s.
These artists—haunted by the Second World War, inspired by science, and seduced by archaeological discoveries—defined a new direction for their art, breaking away from the Surrealism of 1930s Paris.
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