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Surrealist Calendar

Current and upcoming exhibitions in museums and galleries


Sep 02, 2018 -
Jan 13, 2019
Balthus

Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel

This retrospective exhibition to the legendary artist Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (1908-2001), known as Balthus, is the first exhibition of Balthus's art in a Swiss museum since 2008 and the first comprehensive presentation of his work anywhere in German-speaking Switzerland.
Exhibition - Balthus

Sep 15, 2018 -
Jan 13, 2019
Women of Surrealism: Franciska Clausen, Rita Kernn-Larsen and Elsa Thoresen

Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen

Over 100 paintings and works on paper by these three less frequently exhibited Danish artists in an extensive presentation of Surrealist works from the 1920s-1940s, with an abundance of surreal landscapes, complex figure compositions and poetic worlds.
Exhibition - Women of Surrealism: Franciska Clausen, Rita Kernn-Larsen and Elsa Thoresen

Oct 20, 2018 -
Jan 13, 2019
Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

Building on the Wadsworth Atheneum's storied history as the first American museum to exhibit Surrealist art, here is the first major exhibition to focus on the interrelationship between Surrealism and war in both Europe and America during this period.
Exhibition - Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s

Oct 20, 2018 -
Jan 13, 2019
Kay Sage: Serene Surrealist

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

Recreating the artist's inaugural 1950 exhibition of fourteen paintings with the Catherine Viviano Gallery in NY, the exhibition comprises all twelve of the extant paintings, marking their first showing as a group in over 65 years.
Exhibition - Kay Sage: Serene Surrealist

Oct 20, 2018 -
Jan 19, 2019
Collector and Benefactor: Kay Sage and James Thrall Soby

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

A focused selection of works from WCMA's collection features Yves Tanguy, Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miro, and Roberto Matta, all bequeathed by Kay Sage through her executor, Pierre Matisse, and Williams College alumnus and friend of Sage, James Thrall Soby.
Exhibition - Collector and Benefactor: Kay Sage and James Thrall Soby

Oct 06, 2018 -
Jan 20, 2019
A Tale of Mother's Bones: Grace Pailthorpe, Reuben Mednikoff and the Birth of Psychorealism

De La Warr Pavilion, East Sussex, UK

Curated by Dr. Hope Wolf, here is the first major presentation of Pailthorpe and Mednikoff's art in 20 years, telling the story of the couple's lives through their works, showing how they excavated their earliest memories in order to understand their adult relationships, critical reception, political context and spiritual beliefs.
Grace Pailthorpe, Reuben Mednikoff Exhibition

Sep 09, 2018 -
Jan 20, 2019
The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space

Louisiana Museum, Denmark

Highlighting the role, the importance and the fascinating power of the Moon, this exhibition presents more than 200 works and objects with artists including Man Ray, Max Ernst, Georges Melies, Remedios Varo, Salvador Dali, and Joseph Cornell among many others.
Exhibition - The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space

Oct 31, 2018 -
Jan 20, 2019
Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain

Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona

Curated by Eleanor Clayton. An expanded second venue for this first exhibition to explore Miller's involvement with surrealist circles in Britain in the late 1930s, focusing on her creative collaborations with artists she knew, photographed, and exhibited alongside, during a time when Britain was recognised as a 'Surrealist centre'.
Exhibition - Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain

Nov 06, 2018 -
Jan 27, 2019
Dali and Surrealism in the ABANCA Art Collection

El Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Thirteen works related to Surrealism spanning the period from 1923 to 1976 including Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, Oscar Dominguez, Max Ernst, Eugenio Granell, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Joan Miro, among others.
Exhibition - Dali and Surrealism in the ABANCA Art Collection

Oct 11, 2018 -
Feb 03, 2019
Leonora Carrington: Cuentos Magicos

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico

Curated by Stefan van Raay and Tere Arcq, this major retrospective features over 200 paintings, sculptures, graphics, rugs, sets, masks, photographs, documents, books and personal objects assembled from 64 different collections, 54 private and 10 institutional, of which 166 were produced in Mexico, 42 in the US and 19 in Great Britain.
Leonora Carrington: Cuentos Magicos Exhibition

Oct 03, 2018 -
Feb 04, 2019
Joan Miro: The Color of My Dreams

Grand Palais, Paris

~250 major works including paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures spanning nearly seven decades in this blockbuster retrospective.
Joan Miro: The Color of My Dreams Exhibition

Oct 09, 2018 -
Feb 17, 2019
Fantastic!: Alfred Kubin and the Blue Rider

Lenbachhaus, Munich

Curated by Annegret Hoberg, this groundbreaking exhibition presents a rich selection of works, documents, and photographs to examine the specific relationships between Kubin and the other artists in the Blue Rider.
Exhibition - Fantastic!: Alfred Kubin and the Blue Rider

Oct 03, 2018 -
Feb 24, 2019
Freud, Dali and the Metamorphosis of Narcissus

Freud Museum, London

Curated by Dawn Ades and exploring the connection between two of the most significant and influential figures of the twentieth century, starting from their one meeting in London on July 19th 1938 to which Dali brought his recently completed painting The Metamorphosis of Narcissus.
Exhibition - Freud, Dali and the Metamorphosis of Narcissus

Oct 27, 2018 -
Feb 25, 2019
Dada and Surrealism from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Fondazione Ferrero, Alba

Curated by Marco Vallora and drawn from one of the greatest repositories of Surrealist and Dada masterpieces.
Exhibition - Dada and Surrealism from the Collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Oct 19, 2018 -
Feb 28, 2019
Adictos a Remedios Varo

Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico

Curated by Marisol AgŁelles. This exhibition celebrates the MAM's acquisition of Varo's personal archive, including important oils, nearly 250 preparatory drawings and sketches, the artist's library of almost 500 books, and over 500 personal objects.
Exhibition - Adictos a Remedios Varo

Nov 07, 2018 -
Mar 03, 2019
Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

Berkeley Art Museum, California

With a title derived from the Dimensionist Manifesto - a 1936 proclamation calling for an artistic response to the era's scientific discoveries - this exhibition brings together rarely seen works by artists including Joseph Cornell, Barbara Hepworth, Kandinsky, Helen Lundeberg, Man Ray, Andre Masson, Roberto Matta, Yves Tanguy, and Dorothea Tanning, along with poetry and other ephemera associated with the Dimensionist movement.
Exhibition - Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

Sep 28, 2018 -
Mar 04, 2019
Leonor Fini: Theatre of Desire, 1930-1990

Museum of Sex, New York

Spanning two floors, featuring works from the 1930s thru the 1980s, and including paintings, book illustrations, drawings, costume designs, and objects, here is the first American museum survey of this artist.
Exhibition - Leonor Fini: Theatre of Desire, 1930-1990

Jan 10, 2019 -
Mar 09, 2019
Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection

ACA Galleries, New York

A solo exhibition featuring selected etchings, tapestries and drawings from the Argillet Collection.
Exhibition - Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection

Dec 12, 2018 -
Mar 31, 2019
Marcel Duchamp: 100 Questions. 100 Answers.

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart

The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart presents its extensive Marcel Duchamp holdings and the appurtenant Serge Stauffer Archive in the first exhibition to focus on the 100 Questions Stauffer put to Duchamp in 1960 as part of a correspondence that went for many years and Duchamp's insightful responses.
Marcel Duchamp: 100 Questions. 100 Answers. Exhibition

Dec 06, 2018 -
Apr 28, 2019
Max Ernst: Stealer of Marks

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany

This exhibition throws light on several typical elements and themes in Ernst's oeuvre -- images and marks in collage, frottage and grattage which were appropriated from a visual repertoire that already existed, only to be invested with new, clandestine, and surreal messages.
Exhibition - Max Ernst: Stealer of Marks

Feb 07, 2019 -
May 05, 2019
SOLO: Rita Kernn-Larsen

Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark

Featuring works spanning RKL's artistic career: from the dreamlike scenarios and mysterious characters of her surrealistic heyday in the 1930s to the naturalistic landscapes, quirky collages and ceramic works of her later years which have heretofore received less attention.
Exhibition - SOLO: Rita Kernn-Larsen

Nov 16, 2018 -
May 12, 2019
Max Ernst: Natural History

Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, Cuenca, Spain

Focusing on Ernst's first published frottages, a portfolio issued in 1926 of thirty-four collotypes populated by enigmatic landscapes and forms that belong somewhere between the realms of the mineral, vegetative and animal, conjuring up a unique ensemble of visions, fantasies and dreams.
Exhibition - Max Ernst: Natural History

Feb 08, 2019 -
May 12, 2019
Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Brooklyn Museum, New York

The largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter will tell Kahlo's story through three main channels: revealing photographs, iconic paintings, and authentic artifacts.
Exhibition - Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Dec 15, 2018 -
May 19, 2019
Magritte and Dali

Salvador Dali Museum, Florida

Showcasing carefully curated, exemplary pieces of Magritte's and Dali's works from the late 1920s to the early 1940s, this exhibition pushes back the curtain to reveal what lies beyond the simple appearance of painted images.
Exhibition - Magritte and Dali

Feb 02, 2019 -
Jun 02, 2019
Women of Surrealism: Franciska Clausen, Rita Kernn-Larsen and Elsa Thoresen

Museum Sonderjylland, Tonder

Over 100 paintings and works on paper by these three less frequently exhibited Danish artists in an extensive presentation of Surrealist works from the 1920s-1940s, with an abundance of surreal landscapes, complex figure compositions and poetic worlds.
Exhibition - Women of Surrealism: Franciska Clausen, Rita Kernn-Larsen and Elsa Thoresen

Feb 16, 2019 -
Jun 02, 2019
Giorgio de Chirico and the Origins of Belgian Surrealism: Magritte, Delvaux, Graverol

Beaux Arts Mons, Belgium

The metaphysical period of de Chirico and his crucial role as a precursor of Surrealism is examined.
Exhibition - Giorgio de Chirico and the Origins of Belgian Surrealism: Magritte, Delvaux, Graverol

Feb 26, 2019 -
Jun 09, 2019
Dorothea Tanning

Tate Modern, London

Curated by Alyce Mahon, here is the second and final venue for this superb major survey of Tanning's career including major works from all periods.
Exhibition - Dorothea Tanning

Mar 17, 2019 -
Jun 30, 2019
Lincoln Kirstein's Modern

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Bringing together ~200 rarely seen artworks alongside materials drawn from the Museum's Archives, this exhibition explores this writer, critic, curator, impresario, and tastemaker's sweeping contributions to American cultural life in the 1930s and '40s and influence on the MoMA's collecting, exhibition, and publication history.
Exhibition - Lincoln Kirstein's Modern

Apr 02, 2019 -
Jun 30, 2019
Roberto Matta and the Fourth Dimension

State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Over 60 works in the first major exhibition of this twentieth-century giant to be held in Russia.
Exhibition - Roberto Matta and the Fourth Dimension

Feb 24, 2019 -
Jul 06, 2019
Joan Miro: Birth of the World

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Situating Miro's 1925 signature canvas in relation to other major works by him, with ~60 paintings, works on paper, prints, illustrated books, and objects made primarily between 1920 and the early 1950s.
Exhibition - Joan Miro: Birth of the World

Mar 28, 2019 -
Jul 28, 2019
Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA

With a title derived from the Dimensionist Manifesto - a 1936 proclamation calling for an artistic response to the era's scientific discoveries - this exhibition brings together rarely seen works by artists including Joseph Cornell, Barbara Hepworth, Kandinsky, Helen Lundeberg, Man Ray, Andre Masson, Roberto Matta, Yves Tanguy, and Dorothea Tanning, along with poetry and other ephemera associated with the Dimensionist movement.
Exhibition - Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

Jun 26, 2019 -
Sep 07, 2019
Max Ernst: Natural History

Museu Fundacion Juan March, Palma, Spain

Focusing on Ernst's first published frottages, a portfolio issued in 1926 of thirty-four collotypes populated by enigmatic landscapes and forms that belong somewhere between the realms of the mineral, vegetative and animal, conjuring up a unique ensemble of visions, fantasies and dreams.
Exhibition - Max Ernst: Natural History

May 30, 2019 -
Sep 08, 2019
Miro in Mallorca: A Free Spirit

Musee National des Beaux-arts, Quebec

Quebec's first Miro exhibition in over 30 years with nearly 200 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including several monumental canvases and previously unreleased works.
Exhibition - Miro in Mallorca: A Free Spirit

Jun 21, 2019 -
Sep 29, 2019
Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s

Frist Art Museum, Nashville

79 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and periodicals drawn primarily from the collections of The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in this exploration of the Surrealists' portrayals of monsters, fragmented bodies, and other depictions of the grotesque as metaphors for the destabilizing consequences of war and psychological fears and fantasies of unbridled power.
Exhibition - Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s

Jun 28, 2019 -
Oct 19, 2019
Collection Close-Up: The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning

The Menil Collection, Houston

Celebrating the recent gift to the Menil Collection from Houston's Barbara and Jim Metcalf, the Menil now owns a complete set of Tanning's prints and illustrated books, including many unique proofs, many of which will be displayed for the first time.
Exhibition - Collection Close-Up: The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning








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