A man of letters and a companion to the surrealist movement, at a very young age Roger Caillois became interested in the mineral world, whose forms evoked imaginary figures to him. From the 1950s onwards, he started to collect minerals from all over the world, “curious stones that attract attention owing to some anomaly in their shape or some meaningful oddity in design or colour”. All of them have “an unexpected resemblance, one that is improbable and yet natural, which provokes fascination”.
La lecture des pierres
Texts from Roger Caillois, Massimiliano Gioni and Gian Carlo Parodi
432 pages (117 colour photographs)
Editions Atelier EXB
Available at the gallery