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Surrealist Calendar

Current and upcoming exhibitions in museums and galleries


Aug 21, 2019 -
Jan 19, 2020
Strange

BAMPFA, Berkeley

Works from BAMPFA's collection that invoke strangeness and resonate with the spirit of Surrealism, with artists including Diane Arbus, William Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Sylvia Fein, Francisco Goya, Rene Magritte, and many others.
Exhibition - Strange

Sep 25, 2019 -
Jan 19, 2020
De Chirico

Palazzo Reale, Milan

Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero. The master of the Italian metaphysical art movement and a key influence on surrealist art is featured in this retrospective.
Exhibition - De Chirico

Sep 28, 2019 -
Jan 19, 2020
Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924-Today

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

A comprehensive look at the dialogue between Surrealism and design, unveiling the extent to which Surrealism has influenced design of the past 100 years - from furniture and interiors to graphic design, fashion, and photography.
Exhibition - Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924-Today

Oct 04, 2019 -
Jan 19, 2020
Wolfgang Paalen: An Austrian Surrealist in Paris and Mexico

Lower Belvedere, Vienna

Curated by Andreas Neufert and Franz Smola. Presenting a series of never-before-seen Fumage and Spaciales images, supplemented by numerous biographical objects such as photos and letters and a comprehensive archive of the DYN magazine.
Exhibition - Wolfgang Paalen: An Austrian Surrealist in Paris and Mexico

Oct 17, 2019 -
Jan 19, 2020
WO|MAN RAY: Le seduzioni della fotografia

CAMERA - Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin

Curated by Walter Guadagnini and Giangavino Pazzola. ~200 photographs all dedicated to the female figure spanning the artist's entire career.
Exhibition - WO|MAN RAY: Le seduzioni della fotografia

Jan 03, 2020 -
Jan 26, 2020
31 Women Artists

Sedona Arts Center, Sedona

Curated and juried by Dr. Catriona McAra. Works by six of the artists (Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, Hedda Sterne, Sonja Sekula, and Hazel Guggenheim) featured in the original 1943 Art of This Century exhibition along with works by 25 women artists selected from applicants from 38 states and 8 countries.
Exhibition - 31 Women Artists

Sep 21, 2019 -
Jan 27, 2020
Peggy Guggenheim: The Last Dogaressa

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Curated by Karole P. B. Vail with Gražina Subelytė and focusing on Guggenheim's collecting after 1948, when she left New York, and moved to Venice. Over 60 works by famous and lesser-known artists, including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper acquired from the late 1940s through 1979, when she passed away.
Exhibition - Peggy Guggenheim: The Last Dogaressa

Oct 11, 2019 -
Feb 01, 2020
Alfred Kubin: Phantasms and Nightmares

Henze & Ketterer, Riehen, Switzerland

Over 40 works, primarily on paper, by this leading exponent of macabre Expressionism and Symbolism.
Exhibition - Alfred Kubin: Phantasms and Nightmares

Oct 30, 2019 -
Feb 08, 2020
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

Oct 11, 2019 -
Feb 09, 2020
Dali & Magritte

Musee Magritte, Brussels

Curated by Michel Draguet. Second venue of this examination of Dali's work in dialogue with Magritte's paintings through more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, films and archival objects.
Exhibition - Dali & Magritte

Nov 21, 2019 -
Feb 09, 2020
Cruel Objects of Desire: Giacometti/Sade

Institut Giacometti, Paris

Curated by Christian Alandete and Serena Bucalo-Mussely, this exhibition offers a rereading of Giacometti's Surrealist works through the writings of Sade.
Exhibition - Cruel Objects of Desire: Giacometti/Sade

Jan 23, 2020 -
Feb 29, 2020
Max Ernst: Collages

Kasmin, New York

~30 collages on paper spanning 1920 to 1975, ranging in both scale and subject matter, many of which have never before been exhibited.
Exhibition - Max Ernst: Collages

Sep 18, 2019 -
Mar 01, 2020
Ithell Colquhoun: Surrealism, Occultism & Sexuality

Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, London

Curated by Richard Shillitoe. Colquhoun's first London exhibition since 1977.
Exhibition - Ithell Colquhoun: Surrealism, Occultism & Sexuality

Nov 13, 2019 -
Mar 01, 2020
Sylvia Fein / MATRIX 275

BAMPFA, Berkeley

Curated by Lawrence Rinder. Major survey of paintings created over a 70 year span by this soon-to-be centenarian, a leading figure in the Midwest Surrealist movement that emerged in the mid-20th century as an American response to European Surrealism.
Exhibition - Sylvia Fein / MATRIX 275

Jan 08, 2020 -
Mar 13, 2020
František Vobecký: Photomontages 1935-1938

ubu gallery, New York

The influence of Surrealism (of which photomontage was a principal approach) in Czechoslovakia was pervasive during the 1930s, and it gradually replaced Functionalism and Constructivism as the principal ideology of the avant-garde.
Exhibition - František Vobecký: Photomontages 1935-1938

Nov 15, 2019 -
Mar 15, 2020
Collection Close-Up: Of Heaven and Earth

Menil Collection, Houston

Over 40 works including Victor Brauner, Joseph Cornell, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte et al from the Menil's permanent collection in this thematic exploration surveying the representation of birds in the history of art.
Exhibition - Collection Close-Up: Of Heaven and Earth

Nov 20, 2019 -
Mar 15, 2020
Dora Maar

Tate Modern, London

The largest retrospective dedicated to Maar ever held in the UK, 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

Jan 24, 2020 -
Mar 21, 2020
Dorothea Tanning: Worlds in Collision

Alison Jacques Gallery, London

A rarely displayed body of late work including large scale works on paper, created during the decade following Tanning's return to New York in 1980 after having lived in France for some thirty years.
Exhibition - Dorothea Tanning: Worlds in Collision

Nov 01, 2019 -
Mar 22, 2020
Max Ernst: The D Paintings

Max Ernst Museum, Brühl

The 36 D-paintings, which Max Ernst made and gifted to his wife, Dorothea Tanning, one each year for her birthday and each containing a hidden letter "D", are all presented here.
Exhibition - Max Ernst: The D Paintings

Nov 23, 2019 -
Apr 09, 2020
Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929

Salvador Dali Museum, Florida

An examination the works, friendships and clashes of Jean Arp, Andre Breton, Luis Bunuel, Alexander Calder, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy and others at a innovative turning point in Surrealist history.
Exhibition - Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929

Feb 15, 2020 -
May 17, 2020
Women of Surrealism: Franciska Clausen, Rita Kernn-Larsen and Elsa Thoresen

Mjellby Art Museum, Halmstad

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 26, 2020 -
May 17, 2020
British Surrealism

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Curated by Dr David Boyd Haycock. 70 eclectic works, featuring paintings, sculptures, etchings and prints from 1783-1952 in this first major exhibition to explore the origins of surrealist art in Britain.
Exhibition - British Surrealism

Feb 13, 2020 -
May 24, 2020
Fantastic Women: Surreal Worlds

SCHIRN Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

Major thematic exhibition of female surrealist artists with ~260 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, and films by 35 artists, including Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim, Alice Rahon, Kay Sage, and Dorothea Tanning among others.
Exhibition - Fantastic Women: Surreal Worlds

Feb 15, 2020 -
May 24, 2020
The Tears of Eros: Moesman, Surrealism and the Sexes

Centraal Museum, Utrecht

Curated by Marja Bosma and Nina Folkersma. The work of the only officially recognized Dutch surrealist, Johannes Moesman (1909-1988), placed in the context of his international contemporaries, including Carrington, Dali, Ernst, Fini, Magritte, Tanning, and others as well as contemporary artists.
Exhibition - The Tears of Eros: Moesman, Surrealism and the Sexes

Feb 15, 2020 -
May 24, 2020
This Strange Presence: Unica Zurn Etchings

Carlos Museum at Emory U., Atlanta

Etchings from the Orakel und Spektakle series along with a selection of drawings.
Exhibition - This Strange Presence: Unica Zurn Etchings

Mar 06, 2020 -
Jun 07, 2020
The Irascibles: Painters Against the Museum

Fundacion Juan March, Madrid

Focusing on artists of the New York School engaged in protest and boycott against an exhibition organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1950.
Exhibition - The Irascibles: Painters Against the Museum

Feb 05, 2020 -
Jun 14, 2020
Photography and the Surreal Imagination

Menil Collection, Houston

Curated by Natalie Dupêcher. Drawn from the Menil's holdings and Houston collections, this exhibition presents the wide reach of the surreal imagination in modern and contemporary photography.
Exhibition - Photography and the Surreal Imagination

Nov 17, 2019 -
Jun 30, 2020
I Paint My Reality: Surrealism in Latin America

NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale

Curated by Bonnie Clearwater. Drawn exclusively from NSU's in-depth collection of Latin American art and promised gifts from the Stanley and Pearl Goodman collection.
Exhibition - I Paint My Reality: Surrealism in Latin America

Apr 01, 2020 -
Jul 13, 2020
Giorgio de Chirico: La Peinture metaphysique

Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris

Curated by Paolo Baldacci. Retracing the career and the artistic and philosophic influences of de Chirico from Munich to Turin, then to Paris where he discovered the artistic avant-garde of his era, and lastly Ferrare.
Exhibition - Giorgio de Chirico: La Peinture metaphysique

Apr 21, 2020 -
Jul 26, 2020
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

Feb 16, 2020 -
Aug 16, 2020
Salvador Dali and Hans Arp: The Birth of Memory

arp museum, Remagen

Parallels in the work of these two contemporaries are examined for the first time in a museal context.
Exhibition - Salvador Dali and Hans Arp: The Birth of Memory

Apr 24, 2020 -
Aug 16, 2020
Victor Brauner: Je suis le rêve. Je suis l'inspiration.

Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris

Over 80 paintings, along with drawings, sculptures, and objects spanning the artist's entire career in this major retrospective.
Exhibition - Victor Brauner: Je suis le rêve. Je suis l'inspiration.

Feb 08, 2020 -
Sep 27, 2020
Guests of Honor: Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dali

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

The DIA welcomes three important works by Kahlo and Dali, presented alongside photographs from the DIA's collection, documenting the artists' imaginative, larger-than-life personae.
Exhibition - Guests of Honor: Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dali

Jun 16, 2019 -
Oct 25, 2020
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

Jun 27, 2020 -
Jan 10, 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

Sep 30, 2020 -
Jan 10, 2021
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

Oct 18, 2020 -
Jan 10, 2021
The Strange Case of Victor Brauner

Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Over 80 paintings, along with drawings, sculptures, and objects spanning the artist's entire career in this major retrospective.
Exhibition - The Strange Case of Victor Brauner l'inspiration.

Oct 19, 2020 -
Feb 07, 2021
Meret Oppenheim: Reflection of an Era

Museo Picasso Malaga, Spain

Curated by Thomas Levy, Jose Lebrero, and Inmaculada Abolafio. ~120 paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, fashion, jewellery and furniture designs, readymades, photographs, and documents by Oppenheim along with a selection of works by artists who were close to her, in particular Arp, Breton, Dali, Duchamp, Ernst, Fini, Giacometti, Man Ray, Dora Maar and many others.
Exhibition - Meret Oppenheim: Reflection of an Era

Oct 23, 2020 -
Mar 07, 2021
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








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