Zürn, Unica

BORN 6 Jul 1916, Berlin-Grunewald - DIED 19 Oct 1970, Paris: Rue de la Plaine
BIRTH NAME Zürn, Nora Berta Unica Ruth
CAUSE OF DEATH suicide by jumping from a window
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 09)

Unica Zürn married Erich Laupenmühlen, a much older man, in 1942. They had two children, in 1943 and in 1945. She started her writing career after the Second World War. She wrote short stories as well as plays for the radio. In 1949 she divorced her husband and she lost custody of her children. In 1953 she met the painter Hans Bellmer in Berlin. She became his model and his partner and they lived in Paris. Her experiments with automatic drawing and anagrams were published in "Hexentexte" (1954).

Together they befriended Man Ray, Max Ernst and other artists. She started suffering from depressions in 1957 and was treated in several clinics. She continued writing and "Der Mann im Jasmin" was created between 1963 and 1965. In 1969 Bellmer suffered a stroke and in 1970 he told Zürn he could no longer take care of her. In October of that year she jumped from the window of their appartment while she was on leave from hospital.

She was buried at Père Lachaise and Bellmer was buried next to her after his death in 1975. In 2012 the work of Zürn and Bellmer was shown at an exhibition at the Ubu Gallery in New York.

Related persons
• lived with Bellmer, Hans
• was a friend of Man Ray


The grave of Unica Zürn at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (24 Oct 2014)


Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unica_Z%C3%BCrn

Zweig, Arnold

Published: 18 Dec 2016
Last update: 05 Apr 2022