Pedro Friedeberg, "Hairless Hearts Of Some Hairy Nuns"


My step-father bought this crazy Pedro Friedeberg painting in 1966 in Mexico City. It's ink and paint on board, and the title is Hairless Hearts Of Some Hairy Nuns.

Here's a large detail of the central rooster, who is saying "Pseudo-Cybernetics."


Friedeberg is an esoteric, dada-esque, surrealist probably best known for his large, hand-shaped chairs. He seems like quite a character, sort of a Mexican Dali making spritist Vasarelys.

Hairless Hearts... was included in an exhibition at the Antonio Souza Gallery organized as a cultural sidebar to the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

Here is a list of the other paintings in the show:

  • "A Machine Made to Frighten Tailors (Also Can Be Used To Slice Water)"

  • "Luis XIV's Discotheque"

  • "Tehuana Orphanage"

  • "Confessions of An Iconoclastic Sea-Urchin"

  • "Madame De Pompadour's Electric Chair"

  • "The Aristocrats' Lighthouse"

  • "The Head of "Chez Twiggy," An Old Peoples' Home, In Her Pseudo-Cybernetics Style Uniform, ORders The Immediate Expulsion Of All False Optimists, In Inverse Alphabetical Order"

  • "Good Morning, Miss Watermelon"

  • "The Pockmarked Czarina Becomes Indignant Over The Statistics Presented By The Minister of Oceans And Clouds During A Round-Table Discussion On Eskimo Astrology At The Congress of Natural and Applied Pornography"

  • Left Hand of the Viceroy Gumersidno Sirloin and The Hand of His Niece The Disreputable Marchioness Brujulilla De Bourbon"

  • "Paganini's Bath"

  • "What We Found In Aristotle's Pyjamas"

  • "Orphanage for Squint-Eyed Children Sponsored By Baron Von Pipian"

  • "Socrates' Garbage Pail"

  • "An Hermaphrodite Baby Elephant Learning Russian"

  • "Afternoon Outing Of Little Beige Riding Hood"

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