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Surrealist Calendar

Current and upcoming exhibitions in museums and galleries

Jun 16, 2019 -
Beyond Realism: Dada and Surrealism

National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

Over 40 works by 17 major artists exploring the two principal forms of Surrealist work: the first form is unpremeditated art that relies upon chance effects such as random mark-making and scraping, and the second form is the creation of apparently irrational images in a realistic style.
Exhibition - Beyond Realism: Dada and Surrealism

May 11, 2021 -
Sep 26, 2021
Surrealism in American Art

Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille

Curated by Eric de Chassey.
This exhibition, with nearly 180 works and more than 80 artists, presents a new perspective on post-war American art, the influence surrealism had on it and the evolution of the result through American abstraction.
Exhibition - Surrealism in American Art

May 28, 2021 -
Sep 26, 2021
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: A Love Revolution

Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, NL

Twenty-three iconic works by Kahlo, including some of her most famous self-portraits, and about thirty key works by her husband Diego Rivera and Mexican contemporaries such as Lola Álvarez Bravo, María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo illustrate the period of artistic ingenuity in Mexico.
Exhibition - Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: A Love Revolution

Jun 13, 2021 -
Sep 26, 2021
Jules Perahim: From Bucharest to Paris

Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d'Olonne   [2021-06-13 thru 2021-09-26]
Musée Cantini, Marseille   [2021-11-26 thru 2022-04-24]

This exhibition, featuring mainly the artist's paintings and drawings, hinges around two key moments in his artistic career: the time of the avant-garde in Bucharest in the 1930s, and the resurgence of his art from the 1960s onwards in the Paris years, which reflect the fullness of his artistic achievement.
Exhibition - Jules Perahim: From Bucharest to Paris

Jun 16, 2021 -
Oct 03, 2021
Also Known as Man Ray

Musée Angladon, Avignon

~100 works including paintings, drawings, photographs, rayograms, and objects from a private collection.
Exhibition - Also Known as Man Ray

Jun 16, 2021 -
Oct 03, 2021
Surrealism and the Book

State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Dozens of books from the collection of St. Petersburg collector Mark Bashmakov, focusing on the artwork of Jean Arp, Hans Bellmer, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Wifredo Lam, André Masson, Roberto Matta, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso and also including books illustrated by Yves Tanguy, Man Ray, Stanley Hayter, Leonor Fini, Óscar Domínguez and René Magritte.
Exhibition - Surrealism and the Book

Jul 25, 2020 -
Oct 03, 2021
Jamais: Oscar Dominguez & Pablo Picasso

Museu Picasso, Barcelona

Curated by Emmanuel Guigon and Georges Sebbag.
Celebrating Dominguez's long lost gramophone that caused a sensation at the Exposition Internationale du Surrealisme in Paris in 1938. After finding a record of it in Picasso's workshop, the museum has managed to locate and restore the work. Its original engine once again rotates - and is surrounded by documents that show the relevance the Pathé gramophone had as it was transformed into an erotic and hypnotic object.
Exhibition - Jamais: Oscar Dominguez & Pablo Picasso

Jul 15, 2021 -
Oct 17, 2021
Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Tate Modern, London

The first retrospective ever held in the UK for one of the foremost abstract artists and designers of the 1920s and 30s and Dada contributor.
Exhibition - Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Apr 10, 2021 -
Oct 31, 2021
Kusama: Cosmic Nature

New York Botanical Garden, New York

Revealing Kusama's lifelong fascination with the natural world and her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity. Monumental and immersive works including a new Infinity Mirrored Room!
Exhibition - Kusama: Cosmic Nature

Jun 12, 2021 -
Oct 31, 2021
Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum of New Zealand, Wellington

A trove of over 180 masterpieces on loan from the (renovating) Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen including works by Dali, Magritte, Ernst, Miro, Duchamp, Man Ray, Carrington, Delvaux, and many others.
Exhibition - Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Sep 10, 2021 -
Oct 31, 2021
FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer

Drawing Room, London

Curated by Michael Newman and Kate Macfarlane.
Taking as its starting point the radical and transgressive drawings of Hans Bellmer, this exhibition explores the body as a site of oppression, liberation and troubling pleasures through the work of modern and contemporary artists.
Exhibition - FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer

May 19, 2021 -
Dec 12, 2021
Phantoms of Surrealism

Whitechapel Gallery, London   

Curated by Nayia Yiakoumaki and Cameron Foote.
This archive exhibition, including works by Ruth Adams, Eileen Agar, Elizabeth Andrews, Diana Brinton Lee, Claude Cahun, Ithell Colquhoun, Sheila Legge, Grace Pailthorpe, Elizabeth Raikes, Edith Rimmingto, Stella Snead, will examine the pivotal role of women as both artists and as organisers within the Surrealist movement in Britain in the 1930s.
Exhibition - Phantoms of Surrealism

May 22, 2021 -
Dec 31, 2021
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The most comprehensive 'Alice' exhibition ever held, this immersive and theatrical show celebrates Lewis Carroll's world-famous creation, taking in film, theatre, ballet, fashion, art and more.
Exhibition - Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Jul 03, 2021 -
Jan 02, 2022
The Woman Who Broke Boundaries: Photographer Lee Miller

The Dali Museum, Florida

Curated by William Jeffett.
Over 130 images by the groundbreaking female photographer, concentrating on Miller's portraits of important writers and artists, the majority associated with the Surrealist movement in Paris, and with whom she had sustained personal relationships.
Exhibition - The Woman Who Broke Boundaries: Photographer Lee Miller

Oct 07, 2021 -
Jan 02, 2022
Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art

Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky   [2021-10-07 thru 2022-01-02]
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN   [2022-02-19 thru 2022-05-15]

The first museum exhibition to broadly examine the relationship between American artists and the supernatural, featuring well-known artists together with many who have been overlooked, this exhibition is interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multimedia.
Exhibition - Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art

Sep 25, 2021 -
Jan 09, 2022
Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy

Mjellby Art Museum, Halmstad, Sweden

Curated by Laura Smith.
The largest exhibition of Agar's work to date will bring together over 100 paintings, collages, photographs, assemblages and archive material, much of which has been rarely exhibited, to chart the development of her uniquely spirited style.
Exhibition - Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy

Sep 14, 2021 -
Jan 30, 2022
The Magritte Machine

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

Curated by Guillermo Solana.
90 paintings, in addition to a selection of photographs and films, emphasizing the repetitive, combinatorial element present in the work of the great Surrealist painter, whose obsessive themes constantly reappear with innumerable variations.
Exhibition - The Magritte Machine

Oct 11, 2021
Jan 30, 2022
Surrealism Beyond Borders

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York   [2021-10-11 thru 2022-01-30]
Tate Modern, London   [2022-02-24 thru 2022-08-29]

Tracing Surrealism's impact and legacy from the 1920s to the late 1970s in places as diverse as Colombia, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, Romania, Syria, Thailand, and Turkey.
Exhibition - Surrealism Beyond Borders

Oct 03, 2021 -
Feb 06, 2022
Surrealistic Creatures

Max Ernst Museuem, Brühl

Curated by Dr Jürgen Pech.
~100 works by 40 artists, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper, and devoted to the world of animals, imagined creatures, and 'private phan-toms' which served as companions or alter egos to their respective creators.
Exhibition - Surrealistic Creatures

Sep 24, 2021 -
Feb 13, 2022
Toyen: The Dreaming Rebel

National Gallery Prague, Prague   [2021-04-07 thru 2021-08-22]
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg   [2021-09-24 thru 2022-02-13]
Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, Paris   [2022-03-25 thru 2022-07-24]

Curated by Dr. Annabelle Görgen-Lammers, Annie Le Brun, Dr. Anna Pravdova.
The most important Czech artist of the 20th century, though still all-too underrated, in the second of a three-venue retrospective.
Exhibition - Toyen: The Dreaming Rebel

Oct 22, 2021 -
Feb 13, 2022
Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition

Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern   [2021-10-22 thru 2022-02-13]
The Menil Collection, Houston   [2022-03-25 thru 2022-09-18]
Museum of Modern Art, New York   [2022-10-30 thru 2023-03-04]

Curated by Nina Zimmer (Bern), Natalie Dupêcher (Houston), and Anne Umland (New York).
The first major transatlantic retrospective for this most important Swiss artist of the 20th century, comprehensively presenting all phases of her work, including objects, paintings, drawings, sculpture commissions, and poems.
Exhibition - Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition

Nov 20, 2021 -
Feb 20, 2022
Max Ernst

Kunstmuseum, Ravensburg

With over 40 works from the Wilfried and Gisela Fitting collection as well as from the Hans Bolliger collection of the Kunstmuseum Bonn, this retrospective covers an arc from the beginnings to the later work, focusing on the 1920s and 1950s.
Exhibition - Max Ernst

Oct 15, 2021 -
Mar 06, 2022
Fantastically Real: Belgian Modern Art from Ensor to Magritte

Kunsthalle München, Munich

~130 paintings, graphic works and sculptures illustrate how Belgian modern art from c.1860 to 1960 constantly re-explores the boundaries between fantasy and reality.
Exhibition - Fantastically Real: Belgian Modern Art from Ensor to Magritte

Oct 10, 2021 -
Mar 27, 2022
Viva la Frida: Life and art of Frida Kahlo

Drents Museuem, Assen, Netherlands

Presenting a unique combination of Kahlo's art and personal objects, in conjunction with the Museo Dolores Olmedo and the Museo Frida Kaho (formerly the Casa Azul or the Blue House) in Mexico City.
Exhibition - Viva la Frida: Life and art of Frida Kahlo

Aug 25, 2020 -
May 07, 2022
Women, Surrealism, and Abstraction

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah

Drawn exclusively from the Museum collection, this exhibition endeavors to look beyond typical art historical boundaries and to begin to lay claim to a more holistic and complex view of art history -- one that includes parties left out because of aesthetic biases based on a system of privileged white male patrimony.
Exhibition - Women, Surrealism, and Abstraction

Feb 12, 2022 -
May 08, 2022
The Savage Eye

Munchmuseet, Oslo

Exploring the idea of the unconscious and focusing on the relationship between Surrealism and some of the most important Symbolist artists, including Paul Gauguin, Odilon Redon, August Strindberg, Edvard Munch and Auguste Rodin.
Exhibition - The Savage Eye

Jan 28, 2022 -
May 29, 2022
Dali - Freud

Lower Belvedere, Vienna

Curated by Jaime Brihuega.
Comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the momentous first and only meeting between Dali and Freud in London in Autumn 1938, showing the influence of the psychoanalyst on Dali's work.
Exhibition - Dali - Freud

Apr 09, 2022 -
Sep 26, 2022
Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice   [2022-04-09 thru 2022-09-26]
Museum Barberini, Potsdam   [2022-10-22 thru 2023-01-29]

Curated by Grazina Subelyte (Venice) & Daniel Zamani (Potsdam).
This exhibition explores the myriad ways in which magic and the occult informed the development of Surrealism, with ~90 works by over 20 artists, including Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Roberto Matta, Roland Penrose, Kay Sage, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo et al.
Exhibition - Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity

Mar 31, 2022 -
Sep 30, 2022
Focus Exhibition: Magritte's Castle

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Curated by Efrat Aharon.
This exhibition will focus on the IMJ's monumental masterpiece The Castle of the Pyrenees, revealing the fascinating story behind its creation, as documented in the extensive correspondence between Magritte and his longtime friend and lawyer, Harry Torczyner, who commissioned the work.
Exhibition - Focus Exhibition: Magritte's Castle

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Dora Maar

Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Third venue for this largest retrospective dedicated to Maar ever held in the USA, including her Surrealist photomontages, portraits, examples of her commercial fashion and advertising photography, and an exploration of her influence on the famous personalities in her artistic milieu.
Exhibition - Dora Maar

postponed -
dates tba, 2023
Leonora Carrington: tu pais

Fundacion Mapfre, Madrid

Carrington's first museum exhibition in Spain follows her career from the first drawings to her late work: training and early influences in England and Florence - surrealism in Paris and time in Saint-Martin-d'Ardeche - the traumatic experience in Spain - emigration to New York and, of course, Mexico as a new homeland.
Exhibition - Leonora Carrington: tu pais

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