International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus
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The International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus was a small European avant-garde artistic tendency that arose out of the breakup of COBRA, and was initiated by contact between former COBRA member Asger Jorn and Enrico Baj and Sergio Dangelo of the Nuclear Art Movement.
- December 1953: Asger Jorn writes to Enrico Baj:
[A] Swiss architect, Max Bill, has undertaken to restructure the Bauhaus where Klee and Kandinsky taught. He wishes to make an academy without painting, without research into the imagination, fantasy, signs, symbols - all he wants is technical instruction. In the name of experimental artists I intend to create an International Movement For An Imaginist Bauhaus.
- 1954: Jorn finds a copy of Potlatch, the information bulletin of the Letterist International at Baj's house. He then contacts Andre-Frank Connord, who puts him in contact with Guy Debord and Michèle Bernstein.
- 29 September 1955: IMIB is founded in Alba, Italy by Jorn, Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio, and Piero Simondo.
- July 1956: One issue of Eristica, edited by Simondo, appears.
- 28 July 1957: IMIB fused with the Lettrist International and the London Psychogeographical Association to form the Situationist International. Baj was excluded from this process.
- Notes on the Formation of an Imaginist Bauhaus
- Situationist Chronology
- Documents by Jorn on the formation and theory of the IMIB
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