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Surrealist Calendar

Current and upcoming exhibitions in museums and galleries


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

Feb 14, 2019 -
Mar 28, 2019
House of the Sleeping Beauties

S|2 London, United Kingdom

Selling exhibition by Sotheby's touching upon the concepts of the erotic, the body, surrealism, performance and theatricality in art from the 19th century to present day, including works by Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Pierre Molinier, Francis Picabia, and Kurt Seligmann alongside artists of the sixties and seventies.
Exhibition - House of the Sleeping Beauties

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
The Young and Evil

David Zwirner, New York

Curated by Jarrett Earnest, this group exhibition features significant works from the first half of the twentieth century by Paul Cadmus, Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein, Charles Henri Ford, Jared French, Margaret Hoening French, George Platt Lynes, Bernard Perlin, Pavel Tchelitchew, George Tooker, Jensen Yow, and their circle.
Exhibition - The Young and Evil

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 08, 2019 -
May 19, 2019
Magritte: Life Line

Amos Rex, Helsinki

The exhibition, showing the works of Magritte for the first time in Finland, is constructed around the artist's Life Line lecture, given in Antwerp in 1938. This was one of the rare occasions when the inscrutable artist revealed his working methods and artistic motivations.
Exhibition - Magritte: Life Line

Feb 19, 2019 -
May 26, 2019
Balthus

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Curated by RaphaŽl Bouvier and bringing together paintings from every period of Balthus's career from the 1920s onwards, casting light on aspects such as the different types of intellectual interaction between the dimensions of space and time that exist in his paintings and the relationship between figure and object.
Exhibition - Balthus

Feb 24, 2019 -
May 26, 2019
Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

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

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

Feb 23, 2019 -
Jun 16, 2019
San Diego Surreal

Oceanside Museum of Art, California

Over 50 works in a variety of media created over several decades revealing the ways in which Surrealism's range of artistic strategies and visual vocabulary have seeped into San Diego County culture.
Exhibition - San Diego Surreal

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

Feb 08, 2019 -
Jul 28, 2019
Hans Arp's Constellations II

Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

This exhibition presents Arp's room-sized wall relief in its first public viewing in 15 years following a yearlong restoration to its original finish. Arp described its biomorphic shapes as primal forms inspired by nature, a connection made clear in the title of the work, which evokes a grouping of stars in the night sky.
Exhibition - Hans Arp's Constellations II

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

Apr 27, 2019 -
Aug 11, 2019
The Essential Duchamp

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

The most in-depth survey of the art and life of Marcel Duchamp ever to be seen in the Asia-Pacific region, with ~125 works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's world-renowned Duchamp collection and archives.
Exhibition - The Essential Duchamp

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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