Everywhere Wolfgang Paalen went, he left behind a trail of smoke. The Austrian artist, in thrall to the Surrealists and the idea of unconscious creation, developed a technique called Fumage—with candle smoke he stained his canvases black, then oil painted the diaphanous forms. Focusing on Paalen’s years in Paris during the late 30s, and his experimental years in Mexico (1942 to 1944), this exhibition includes never-before-seen Fumage images. —E.C.
Belvedere Museum Schloss Belvedere, Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, Austria Get Directions »