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CO.BR.A: The Revolutionary Art Movement of Post-War Europe

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CO.BR.A., an acronym derived from the cities Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam, represents a brief yet profoundly influential avant-garde art movement that reshaped the post-war European art scene from 1948 to 1951. Coined by Christian Dotremont in 1948, the name signifies a unique collaboration among artists from these three cities, each bringing a distinct cultural and artistic heritage to the collective. This article delves into the genesis, defining characteristics, major exhibitions, key figures, and enduring legacy of CO.BR.A., underscoring its pivotal role in the evolution of modern art. The Genesis of CO.BR.A CO.BR.A. emerged from the confluence of several avant-garde groups: the Flemish Reflex group, the Danish abstract-surrealist Høst group, the Belgian "Revolutionary Surrealist Group," and Italy's Nuclear Movement. These diverse origins imbued CO.BR.A. with a rich tapestry of influences, blending elements of surrealism, expressionism, and abstract art. The mo