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Mirko Basaldella e il surrealismo “junghiano” tra Italia e America

Kevin McManus

The essay addresses the influences of surrealism and of Jungian thought on the work of Italian artist Mirko Basaldella, connecting them with the contents of his teaching for the Design Workshop at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Both Italy and the United States had a peculiar relationship with the surrealist phenomenon, as mirrored by the teaching of art in American Universities, which shows a general “official” removal of surrealism and, at the same time, the adoption of some of its concepts and a predisposition towards authors and scholars connected to it. Mirko’s career as an instructor constitutes an interesting example of this intricate situation.