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Surrealist Calendar

Current and upcoming exhibitions in museums and galleries


Jun 16, 2019 -
ongoing
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

Aug 26, 2022 -
Oct 22, 2022
Another Surrealism

Den Frie Udstilling, Oslo

The location of the world's first international surrealist exhibition (in 1935) serves as a fitting host for this examination of the lines between historic surrealism and contemporary art, juxtaposing historical works with examples of the current turn towards neo-surrealism in contemporary ar.
Exhibition - Another Surrealism

Oct 01, 2022 -
Nov 05, 2022
Uncovering Alice Rahon

Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

Seventeen works, including oil and sand painting, assemblage, and sculpture in the artist's first solo gallery exhibition in over forty-five years.
Exhibition - Uncovering Alice Rahon

Jul 23, 2022 -
Nov 06, 2022
Other Worlds Than This: The Supernatural in Art

Nassau County Museum of Art, New York

Art has access to worlds beyond the one we know. The supernatural has captivated artists from ancient spiritual myths and rites to the most popular fantasies of today. This exhibition summons a celestial realm of demons, ghosts and extra-sensory phenomena created by a host of artists spanning Old Masters, the Surrealists, photographers who specialize in the occult, and contemporary artists.
Exhibition - Other Worlds Than This: The Supernatural in Art

Apr 23, 2022 -
Nov 27, 2022
The Milk of Dreams

Biennale Arte 2022, Venice

Curated by Cecilia Alemani.
213 artists from 58 countries in this ambitious exhibition whose fulcrum is a gallery on the lower level of the Central Pavilion which features a collection of artworks by women artists of the historical avant-garde movements, including, among others, Eileen Agar, Leonora Carrington, Claude Cahun, Leonor Fini, Ithell Colquhoun, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo.
Exhibition - The Milk of Dreams

Mar 11, 2022 -
Jan 01, 2023
When Dreams Confront Reality: The Sherwin Collection

The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK

Curated by Eleanor Clayton.
Paintings, collage, works on paper, ceramics and sculpture by artists including Eileen Agar, John Banting, Leonora Carrington, Ithell Colquhoun, Max Ernst, Conroy Maddox, Henry Moore, Desmond Morris, Edith Rimmington, Roland Penrose, et al., highlighting key aspects of British Surrealism; the engagement with tumultuous political events, and fantastical visual explorations of subconscious desires.
Exhibition - When Dreams Confront Reality: The Sherwin Collection

Sep 03, 2022 -
Jan 08, 2023
Paul Eluard: Poetry, Politics, Love

The Dali Museum, Florida

Curated by Peter Tush.
Exploring the world of the most celebrated and idealistic of all surrealist poets, Paul Eluard, known as "the Poet of Freedom", in three sections: one exploring his transition from surrealist poet to communist poet, one focused on his love of poetry and the significant loves of his life, and a final section presenting several examples of his poetry from various periods of his career.
Exhibition - Paul Eluard: Poetry, Politics, Love

Sep 17, 2022 -
Jan 15, 2023
Leonora Carrington

Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid   [2023-02-09 thru 2023-05-07]

Curated by Tere Arcq, Sarah Fredholm (ARKEN), Carlos Martín, Stefan van Raay, Naja Rasmussen and Dorthe Juul Rugaard (ARKEN).
The first comprehensive presentation of Carrington's art in Scandinavia, featuring over 100 of her paintings, drawings, tapestries, sculptures and books alongside selected works created by some of the most important artists around her - from Spanish Remedios Varo to German Max Ernst.
Exhibition - Leonora Carrington

Oct 22, 2022 -
Jan 22, 2023
Man Ray and the Women

Nagano Prefectural Art Museum, Nagano   [2021-04-21 thru 2021-06-19]
Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo   [2021-07-13 thru 2021-09-06]
Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata   [2022-07-02 thru 2022-09-25]
Museum of Modern Art, Hayama Kanagawa, Japan

Curated by Marion Meyer.
Over 250 works, spanning a variety of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry and documentation, and demonstrating Man Ray's ode to his muses as important figures in his oeuvre.
Exhibition - Man Ray and the Women

Oct 14, 2022 -
Jan 29, 2023
Chercher l'or du temps: Surrealisme, art naturel, art brut, art magique

Musee LaM, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France

Nearly 400 artworks, documents and objects by ~50 artists and writers in this chronological journey from the beginning of the 1920s to the end of the 1960s investigating the histories and intersections of surrealism and art brut.
Exhibition - Chercher l'or du temps

Oct 22, 2022 -
Jan 29, 2023
Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice   [2022-04-09 thru 2022-09-26]
Museum Barberini, Potsdam

Curated by Grazina Subelyte (Venice) & Daniel Zamani (Potsdam).
This exhibition explores the myriad ways in which magic and the occult informed the development of Surrealism, with ~90 works by over 20 artists, including Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Roberto Matta, Roland Penrose, Kay Sage, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo et al.
Exhibition - Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity

Oct 30, 2022 -
Feb 12, 2023
Image: Max Ernst in Photographs

Max Ernst Museum, Bruhl

~150 selected images of one of the most photographed artist personalities of the 20th century taken by, among others, Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Lebeck, Lee Miller, Irving Penn and Man Ray.
Exhibition - Image: Max Ernst in Photographs

Oct 16, 2022 -
Feb 13, 2023
Amitiés, créativité collective
(Friendships in Art: Collective Works)


Mucem, Marseille   [2022-10-16 thru 2023-02-13]
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany   [2023-05-14 thru 2023-09-24]

Curated by Jean-Jacques Lebel.
117 collaborative works from public and private collections, including Les Cadavres Exquis, and by artists, philosophers, writers, musicians, and filmmakers including Picasso/Picabia, Matta/Brauner, Beuys/Paik, Klein/Saint-Phalle, Burroughs/Gysin, among others.
Exhibition - Amitiés, créativité collective

Oct 14, 2022 -
Feb 19, 2023
Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 - Today

The Design Museum, London

Curated with Vitra Design Museum, this exhibition will explore design from the birth of surrealism in 1924 to the present, bringing together the best in surrealist design, from furniture, interior design, fashion, photography and world-renowned artworks to contemporary artists and designs.
Exhibition - Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 - Today

Oct 04, 2022 -
Feb 26, 2023
Max Ernst

Palazzo Reale, Milan

Curated by Martina Mazzotta and Jürgen Pech.
The first Ernst retrospective in Italy, with over 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, books, jewelry, etc., sourced worldwide from foundations, private collections and museums.
Exhibition - Max Ernst

Oct 30, 2022 -
Mar 04, 2023
Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition

Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern   [2021-10-22 thru 2022-02-13]
The Menil Collection   [2022-03-25 thru 2022-09-18]
Museum of Modern Art, New York   [2022-10-30 thru 2023-03-04]

Curated by Nina Zimmer (Bern), Natalie Dupêcher (Houston), and Anne Umland (New York).
The first major transatlantic retrospective for this most important Swiss artist of the 20th century, comprehensively presenting all phases of her work, including objects, paintings, drawings, sculpture commissions, and poems.
Exhibition - Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition

May 05, 2022 -
Apr 10, 2023
SURREAL! Imagining New Realities

Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna

Curated by Monika Pessler and Daniela Finzi.
~100 works from the fields of painting, photography, and literature explore the tense relationship between psychoanalysis and surrealism with artists including Hans Bellmer, Victor Brauner, Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Conroy Maddox, Andre Masson, Meret Oppenheim, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Savinio, Toyen (Marie Cermínová), Dorothea Tanning, among many others.
Exhibition - SURREAL! Imagining New Realities

Nov 25, 2022 -
Apr 30, 2023
The Shape of Dreams

The Dali Museum, Florida

Curated by Dr. Hank Hine.
500 years of dream-inspired paintings from the 16th to 20th century, demonstrating how artists throughout time have depicted a profound yet common phenomenon of human experience - the dream.
Exhibition - The Shape of Dreams

Apr 21, 2023 -
Sep 03, 2023
Hyperreal: Gray Foy

Menil Drawing Institute, Houston

Curated by Kirsten Marples.
This exhibition celebrates two recent gifts that have made the Menil Collection the foremost repository of Foy's extraordinarily meticulous work, spanning the entirety of his career, from his early Surrealist compositions to his later inventive botanical and geological renderings.
Exhibition - Hyperreal: Gray Foy

Jun 10, 2023 -
Sep 24, 2023
Lee Miller: A Photographer between War and Glamour

Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg

~150 photographs from the period 1929 to 1951 by one of the twentieth century's most versatile artists.
Exhibition - Lee Miller: A Photographer between War and Glamour








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