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Surrealist Calendar

Current and upcoming exhibitions in museums and galleries


Nov 08, 2019 -
Mar 08, 2020
Man Ray and Fashion

Musee Cantini, Marseille

Over 160 vintage photographs in the first exploration of Man Ray's work from a fashion perspective, highlighting his work for the biggest fashion designers - Poiret, Schiaparelli, Chanel - and the biggest magazines - Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar.
Exhibition - Man Ray and Fashion

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 26, 2019 -
Mar 29, 2020
Alice Rahon: Poetic Invocations

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

Curated by Tere Arcq. The first solo show dedicated to Rahon's work in the United States in 55 years with ~30 paintings, works on paper, assemblages, archival material, original poems and manuscripts and photographs.
Exhibition - Alice Rahon: Poetic Invocations

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

Mar 05, 2020 -
Apr 11, 2020
Valley of Gold: Southern California and the Phantasmagoric

Kasmin, New York

Curated by Sonny Ruscha Granade and Harmony Murphy. Exploring the aesthetic legacy of the European surrealists and others who worked with similar sensibilities on the art of Southern California.
Exhibition - Valley of Gold: Southern California and the Phantasmagoric

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

Curated by Dr. Ingrid Pfeiffer. 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 Zürn 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 Zürn Etchings

Jan 31, 2019 -
May 31, 2020
Unica Zürn

Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de l'Hopital Sainte-Anne, Paris

~100 drawings and documents in the exhibition space of the very same hospital where the artist herself was interned from September 26, 1961 - March 23, 1963.
Exhibition - Unica Zürn

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 29, 2020 -
Jun 08, 2020
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

A survey of the representation of monsters in European printmaking from the 15th to the 19th centuries, including works by of after Goya, Dürer, Callot, Blake, Redon, and Bruegel et al.
Exhibition - The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

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

Mar 06, 2020 -
Jun 15, 2020
Remedios Varo: Constellations

Fundacion Malba, Buenos Aires

Curated by Victoria Giraudo and Carlos A. Molina. Works from 1938 to 1963 with a special focus on the works created as of 1942, when the artist moved to Mexico, including 35 paintings, 11 drawings, and 60 sketches.
Exhibition - Remedios Varo: Constellations

Apr 22, 2020 -
Jun 21, 2020
The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree

Camden Arts Centre, London

This group exhibition investigates the subjectivity and being of plants: their significance to wisdom-traditions, and how we engage with and activate them in culture, counter-culture, art and music.
Exhibition - The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree

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

May 21, 2020 -
Jul 12, 2020
Dorothea Tanning: Printmaker

Farley's House, East Sussex, UK

During her twenty years in France, Tanning, a cherished friend of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, produced more than one hundred prints, ensuring that she always worked with extremely skillful, renowned printers. This selling exhibition presents graphic works spanning the artist's career.
Exhibition - Dorothea Tanning: Printmaker

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 24, 2020 -
Jul 19, 2020
Lee Miller: A Photographer Between War and Glamor

Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich, Zurich

The first-ever exhibition in Switzerland of Miller's body of work presents over 250 originals.
Exhibition - Lee Miller: A Photographer Between War and Glamor

Mar 21, 2020 -
Jul 26, 2020
Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

de Young Museuem, San Francisco

A trove of Kahlo's highly personal items including jewelry, clothing, and prosthetics previously unseen and locked away since her death in 1954.
Exhibition - Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Apr 09, 2020 -
Jul 26, 2020
Man Ray and Fashion

Musee du Luxembourg, Paris

Over 160 vintage photographs in the first exploration of Man Ray's work from a fashion perspective, highlighting his work for the biggest fashion designers - Poiret, Schiaparelli, Chanel - and the biggest magazines - Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar.
Exhibition - Man Ray and Fashion

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.

May 01, 2020 -
Aug 30, 2020
This is Surrealism!

Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, NL

A trove of over 150 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 - This is Surrealism!

Feb 21, 2020 -
Aug 31, 2020
Hundertwasser - Schiele: Imagine Tomorrow

Leopold Museum, Vienna

~170 works in a dialogue between these two iconic artists, shining the spotlight on central motifs and themes in both of their works, such as ensouled nature and the relationship between the individual and society.
Exhibition - Hundertwasser - Schiele: Imagine Tomorrow

Feb 08, 2020 -
Sep 27, 2020
Dream, Death and Decadence: Belgian Symbolism

Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Presenting the spectrum of lesser known Belgian Symbolists and showcasing them as an important reference for their European counterparts from Gustave Moreau to Arnold Bocklin and Max Klinger all the way to Gustav Klimt and Edvard Munch.
Exhibition - Dream, Death and Decadence: Belgian Symbolism

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 18, 2020 -
Sep 27, 2020
Fantastic Women: Surreal Worlds

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

Curated by Dr. Ingrid Pfeiffer. 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

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

Jul 10, 2020 -
Oct 25, 2020
Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924-2020

CalixaForum, Madrid

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 1924-2020

May 09, 2020 -
Nov 01, 2020
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

Oct 25, 2020 -
Nov 25, 2020
Nino Japaridze: The Deep Dark Light

National Gallery, Tbilisi

The State Museum of her home country Republic of Georgia will host this Paris-based visionary artist's new series of large oils on canvas.
Exhibition - Nino Japaridze: The Deep Dark Light

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

Nov 06, 2020 -
Apr 18, 2021
Dusan and Voitre Marek: Surrealists at sea

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

The first major survey of these Czech-Australian brothers who set into motion a surge of new ideas and controversies that challenged the conventions of Australian art, including the artists' voyage paintings created during their long sea journey from Europe to Australia and Dusan's pioneering surrealist films.
Exhibition - Dusan and Voitre Marek: Surrealists at sea

Feb 06, 2021 -
Jun 06, 2021
Leonora Carrington: tu pais

Arken Museum, Denmark

Second venue of Carrington's major retrospective 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


Global Surrealism

Tate Modern, London

The project takes as its poetic inspiration the moment in 1941 when a core group of Paris-based Surrealists including Victor Brauner, Andre Breton, Oscar Dominguez, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Wifredo Lam, Jacqueline Lamba, and Andre Masson, were living in Marseille and anxiously awaiting their exit visas to escape from war-torn Europe. They lived a tight communal existence and made art-group collages and exquisite corpse drawings, as well as a set of Tarot cards that symbolizes the unknown fate they faced together. This group would soon disperse and by the end of the war, though many Surrealists survived, Surrealism itself would never be the same.
Exhibition - Global Surrealism

Sep   , 2021 -
Jan   , 2022
Global Surrealism

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The project takes as its poetic inspiration the moment in 1941 when a core group of Paris-based Surrealists including Victor Brauner, Andre Breton, Oscar Dominguez, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Wifredo Lam, Jacqueline Lamba, and Andre Masson, were living in Marseille and anxiously awaiting their exit visas to escape from war-torn Europe. They lived a tight communal existence and made art-group collages and exquisite corpse drawings, as well as a set of Tarot cards that symbolizes the unknown fate they faced together. This group would soon disperse and by the end of the war, though many Surrealists survived, Surrealism itself would never be the same.
Exhibition - Global Surrealism








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