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Surrealist Calendar

Current and upcoming exhibitions in museums and galleries


Oct 02, 2019 -
Dec 13, 2019
L'Empreinte

Olivier Malingue, London

Group exhibition featuring the results of direct imprints on a surface including works by Adrien Dax, Oscar Dominguez, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Georges Hugnet, Meret Oppenheim, Wolfgang Paalen, Roland Penrose, Man Ray, Raoul Ubac, and many others.
Exhibition - L'Empreinte

Oct 25, 2019 -
Dec 13, 2019
Enigma and Desire: Man Ray Paintings

Di Donna Galleries, New York

~40 paintings from international museums, foundations, and private collections, as well as a selection of related works on paper in this first survey exhibition to focus on Man Ray's paintings.
Exhibition - Enigma and Desire: Man Ray Paintings

Sep 03, 2019 -
Jan 05, 2020
Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey

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 over 70 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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








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