Pierre Klossowski (1905-2001) was a significant and influential philosopher, writer, translator and artist who befriended Georges Bataille and formulated an original stance on many theological issues, as well as the philosophy of the Marquis de Sade. His first novel, Roberte, ce soir, appeared in 1954 as a limited edition containing six of his own erotic illustrations, after he rejected drawings by his younger brother, the painter Balthus. Following the encouragement of Robert Lebel, Andre Masson and Alberto Giacometti, Klossowski held his first exhibition in Paris in 1956, and subsequently produced numerous life-size drawings of erotic scenes imbued with mythological, allegorical and philosophical connotations. By the 1970s, he had won the acclaim of such eminent thinkers as Maurice Blanchot, Michel Butor, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault and Felix Guattari. Of Klossowski, Gilles Deleuze once said, “That bodies speak has been known for a long time.”
This book was published on the occasion of the traveling exhibition “Pierre Klossowski” at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 20. September – 19. November 2006; Museum Ludwig, Köln, 21. Dezember 2006 – 18. März 2007; Centre Pompidou, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris, 2. April – 4. Juni 2007.
Edited by Anthony Spira, Sarah Wilson, texts by Pierre Klossowski, Alyce Mahon, Catherine Millet, Anthony Spira, Sarah Wilson, with an illustrated biography by Kathleen Brunner.
- Pierre Klossowski
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