Kurt Seligmann is born July 20 in Basel, Switzerland.
Studies at the École des Beaux-Arts, Geneva.
Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Florence.
Moves to Paris.
His work begins to take on a more baroque style.
Meets and marries Arlette Paraf.
Travels the world during a year-long honeymoon.
André Breton formally accepts him into the Surrealist group Abstraction-Création.
Travels to North America and British Columbia.
Flees Paris and moves to New York. His first New York exhibition is held at the Karl Nierendorf Gallery.
Teaches at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn and Briarcliff Junior College, Westchester. Helps many Surrealist artists flee to New York including André Breton, André Masson, Paul Eluard and Pierre Mabille.
He and his wife move to Sugar Loaf, New York.
His work evolves and becomes more mature. He contributes regularly to the Surrealist periodicals View and VVV.
Participates in the exhibition “The First Papers of Surrealism.”
Participates in the “Artists in Exile” exhibition at the Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York.
Produces a limited edition of six etchings illustrating the myth of Oedipus.
Publishes The Mirror of Magic.
He and his wife travel to Paris for the last time.
Becomes a United States citizen.
Retires from teaching at Brooklyn College.
Dies at home in Sugar Loaf, New York on January 2 from an accidental gunshot wound.