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Surrealist Calendar

Current and upcoming exhibitions in museums and galleries


Sep 09, 2018 -
Dec 09, 2018
Dali: Poetics of the Small, 1929-1936

Meadows Museum, Dallas

The first exhibition of Dali to focus solely on his small-format works created during the eight year period that may be the apex of his artistic career. Nearly half of the approximately 200 known paintings completed by the artist during this time measure 13 inches or smaller.
Exhibition - Dali: Poetics of the Small, 1929-1936

Sep 01, 2018 -
Jan 02, 2019
Surrealism Switzerland

Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

Answering the question: Is there such a thing as Swiss Surrealism?
Surrealism Switzerland Exhibition

Sep 16, 2018 -
Jan 06, 2019
Magritte: La Ligne de vie

Museo d'arte della Svizzera, Lugano

This exhibition is related to the conference that Magritte held on November 20, 1938, one of the rare occasions in which the artist expressed himself on his work publicly [and] delineated the genesis of his art and clarified the fundamentals that enabled him to transform everyday objects into something shocking.
Exhibition - Magritte: La Ligne de vie

Oct 02, 2018 -
Jan 07, 2019
Dorothea Tanning: Behind the Door, Another Invisible Door

Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid

First venue of this superb major survey of Tanning's career curated by Alyce Mahon.
Exhibition - Dorothea Tanning: Behind the Door, Another Invisible Door

Sep 02, 2018 -
Jan 13, 2019
Balthus

Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel

This retrospective exhibition to the legendary artist Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (1908-2001), known as Balthus, is the first exhibition of Balthus's art in a Swiss museum since 2008 and the first comprehensive presentation of his work anywhere in German-speaking Switzerland.
Exhibition - Balthus

Sep 15, 2018 -
Jan 13, 2019
Women of Surrealism: Franciska Clausen, Rita Kernn-Larsen and Elsa Thoresen

Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen

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

Oct 20, 2018 -
Jan 13, 2019
Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

Building on the Wadsworth Atheneum's storied history as the first American museum to exhibit Surrealist art, here is the first major exhibition to focus on the interrelationship between Surrealism and war in both Europe and America during this period.
Exhibition - Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s

Oct 20, 2018 -
Jan 13, 2019
Kay Sage: Serene Surrealist

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

Recreating the artist's inaugural 1950 exhibition of fourteen paintings with the Catherine Viviano Gallery in NY, the exhibition comprises all twelve of the extant paintings, marking their first showing as a group in over 65 years.
Exhibition - Kay Sage: Serene Surrealist

Oct 20, 2018 -
Jan 19, 2019
Collector and Benefactor: Kay Sage and James Thrall Soby

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

A focused selection of works from WCMA's collection features Yves Tanguy, Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miro, and Roberto Matta, all bequeathed by Kay Sage through her executor, Pierre Matisse, and Williams College alumnus and friend of Sage, James Thrall Soby.
Exhibition - Collector and Benefactor: Kay Sage and James Thrall Soby

Oct 06, 2018 -
Jan 20, 2019
A Tale of Mother's Bones: Grace Pailthorpe, Reuben Mednikoff and the Birth of Psychorealism

De La Warr Pavilion, East Sussex, UK

Curated by Dr. Hope Wolf, here is the first major presentation of Pailthorpe and Mednikoff's art in 20 years, telling the story of the couple's lives through their works, showing how they excavated their earliest memories in order to understand their adult relationships, critical reception, political context and spiritual beliefs.
Grace Pailthorpe, Reuben Mednikoff Exhibition

Oct 31, 2018 -
Jan 20, 2019
Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain

Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona

Curated by Eleanor Clayton. An expanded second venue for this first exhibition to explore Miller's involvement with surrealist circles in Britain in the late 1930s, focusing on her creative collaborations with artists she knew, photographed, and exhibited alongside, during a time when Britain was recognised as a 'Surrealist centre'.
Exhibition - Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain

Oct 11, 2018 -
Feb 03, 2019
Leonora Carrington: Cuentos Magicos

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico

Curated by Stefan van Raay and Tere Arcq, this major retrospective features over 200 paintings, sculptures, graphics, rugs, sets, masks, photographs, documents, books and personal objects assembled from 64 different collections, 54 private and 10 institutional, of which 166 were produced in Mexico, 42 in the US and 19 in Great Britain.
Leonora Carrington: Cuentos Magicos Exhibition

Oct 03, 2018 -
Feb 04, 2019
Joan Miro: The Color of My Dreams

Grand Palais, Paris

~250 major works including paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures spanning nearly seven decades in this blockbuster retrospective.
Joan Miro: The Color of My Dreams Exhibition

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

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

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
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

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 26, 2019 -
Jun 09, 2019
Dorothea Tanning

Tate Modern, London

Second and final venue for this superb major survey of Tanning's career curated by Alyce Mahon.
Exhibition: Dorothea Tanning

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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