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Surrealist Calendar

Current and upcoming exhibitions in museums and galleries

Feb 06, 2024 -
Apr 06, 2024
Playing with Closed Eyes: 100 Years of Surrealism

Galeria RGR, Mexico City

Curated by Gabriela Rangel and guest curator Verónica Rossi.
This ambitious exhibition aims to recover the exquisite corpse as an idea of playful creation and practice of surreal automatism, which is particularly productive for thinking of it in relation to current debates on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Artificial intelligence shows transmuted realities and creates an imaginary that disrupts classical representation, as surrealism imagined the region that divides dreams from waking, altering forms and changing the perception and experience of the world.
Exhibition - Playing with Closed Eyes: 100 Years of Surrealism

Nov 05, 2023 -
Apr 07, 2024
Frida Kahlo: Her photos

Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim, Germany

Curated by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio.
Over 200 photographs from Kahlo's extensive personal collection, unknown until very recently, of images which served her as memories, a source of inspiration, and as work materials.
Exhibition - Frida Kahlo: Her photos

Nov 04, 2023 -
Apr 14, 2024
Lee Miller: Surrealist

Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

Curated by Antony Penrose.
Curated by her son, here are 100 photographs from across Miller's remarkable career in the first Australian survey of her work, spanning her early portrait and fashion photography in New York and Paris, landscape and architecture, her coverage of the horrors of the Second World War, and her extraordinary creative circle - which included Man Ray, Picasso, Max Ernst, Dora Maar and many others - revealing Miller's surrealist eye and deep involvement in the world around her.
Exhibition - Lee Miller: Surrealist

Mar 02, 2024 -
Apr 14, 2024
Surrealism and Japan

Kyoto Cultural Museum, Kyoto [Dec 16, 2023-Feb 04, 2024]
Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo [Mar 02, 2024-Apr 14,2024]
Mie Prefectural Museum of Art, Mie-ken, Japan [Apr 27, 2024-Jun 30, 2024]

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Breton's Surrealist Manifesto, this exhibition primarily showcases Japanese paintings influenced by Surrealism and introduces the development of diverse images while reflecting on the era in which these artists lived.
Exhibition - Surrealism and Japan

Feb 07, 2024 -
Apr 21, 2024
Surrealism: The Machine Age

Fundacion Canal, Madrid

125 paintings, photographs, engravings, drawings, magazines, catalogues and books, sculptures and ready-made objects, and collection boxes showcased in four different sections with pieces by Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Francis Picabia, and Alfred Stieglitz, authors who broke with academic tradition and entered a new age in modernity: the age of the machine.
Exhibition - Surrealism: The Machine Age

Feb 09, 2024 -
Apr 21, 2024
Abject Anatomy

Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

Curated by Helen Branch.
Featuring a selection of photographs, prints, drawings, and paintings from the Tang collection that ask us to reflect on deep-seated fears about our own bodily nonconformance and that of those around us, including works by Louise Bourgeois, Salvador Dalí, Carroll Dunham, Nicole Eisenman, Chitra Ganesh, Nancy Grossman, Rico Lebrun, Laurie Simmons, Kiki Smith, and others.
Exhibition - Abject Anatomy

Dec 12, 2023 -
Apr 28, 2024
Myth and Massacre: Ernst Wilhelm Nay and André Masson

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Berlin

This exhibition focuses on the artistic relationship between the Surrealist Masson, born in 1896 in France, and Nay, born in Berlin in 1902, whose art would soon move away from figurative representation, becoming an icon of Modernist abstraction in post-war West Germany.
Exhibition - Myth and Massacre: Ernst Wilhelm Nay and André Masson

Mar 08, 2024 -
May 04, 2024
Dorothea Tanning: Musical Chairs

Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

An exhibition centered around two rare Tanning oil paintings: the classically surreal Musical Chairs (1951), which will be exhibited in the U.S. for the first time in over seventy years and her more contemporary masterpiece Door 84 (1984).
Exhibition - Dorothea Tanning: Musical Chairs

Aug 30, 2023 -
May 05, 2024
Foyer Installation: Roberto Matta

The Menil Collection, Houston

Drawn entirely from the Menil's permanent holdings, this exhibition reunites a group of paintings from the May 1953 exhibition mounted by Alexander Iolas Gallery in New York titled Rome, 1949-1953, and containing seventeen abstract paintings created after the artist's relocation from the United States to Italy.
Exhibition - Foyer Installation: Roberto Matta

May 08, 2024 -
Jun 01, 2024
A Visionary Line: Remedios Varo Drawings

Gallery Wendi Norris (Offsite), New York

In association with Adler Beatty.
Nine works on paper owned by Varo's doctor and friend in this gallery's third Remedios Varo exhibition.
Exhibition - A Visionary Line: Remedios Varo Drawings

Dec 09, 2023 -
Jun 02, 2024
Surrealism at the Harn: A Centennial Celebration

Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida

Curated by Dr. Rachel Silveri.
Marking the 100th anniversary of the Surrealist movement, this exhibition features over 35 works by 26 artists, including Gertrude Abercrombie, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Lee Krasner, Wifredo Lam, René Magritte, Roberto Matta, and many others.
Exhibition - Surrealism at the Harn: A Centennial Celebration

Feb 24, 2024 -
Jun 02, 2024

Kunstforum Wien, Vienna

Curated by Ingried Brugger.
Matta himself coined the term "technique of psychological morphologies". His paintings always depict a kind of "inner landscape", which Matta called "inscape". Transcendence, mysticism and the automatism so important to surrealism are Matta's constant companions. Technically, the application of paint with a sponge is typical; only then did Matta work on his canvases with a brush. Fluidity and the blasting of boundaries as well as topical political references are - and this continues to make Matta a pillar of contemporary art production - essential conditions of his artistic output. His politically alert mind and his unconditional commitment to an open society also make him appear from today's perspective as a pioneer of an art that not only demanded the social responsibility of artistic endeavour, but actively lived it.
Exhibition - Matta

Feb 21, 2024 -
Jun 16, 2024
Surrealism in Belgium

Bozar, Brussels

Celebrating 100 years of surrealism with an exhibition on Belgium's famous avant-garde movement spanning no less than 60 years and including works by Rachel Baes, Giorgio De Chirico, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, Jane Graverol, René Magritte, Marcel Mariën, Paul Nougé, Yves Tanguy, and many others.
Exhibition - Surrealism in Belgium

Aug 26, 2022 -
Jun 30, 2024
Frida Kahlo: Diego y Yo

Fundación Malba, Buenos Aires

The 1949 Diego y yo (Diego and I) and the 1942 Autorretrato con chango y loro (Self-portrait with monkey and parrot) paintings serve as centerpieces alongside a considerable collection of documents, including Frida Kahlo's photographs, letters and personal effects.
Exhibition - Frida Kahlo: Diego y Yo

Feb 21, 2024 -
Jul 21, 2024
IMAGINE! 100 Years of International Surrealism

Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Belgium [Feb 21, 2024-Jul 21, 2024]
Curated by Francisca Vandepitte for the RMFAB.

Centre Pompidou, Paris [Sep 04, 2024-Jan 13,2025]
Curated by Didier Ottinger and Marie Sarré for the Centre Pompidou.
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany [Jun 12, 2025-Oct 12, 2025]
Fundación Mapfré, Madrid [Feb 04, 2025-May 11, 2025]
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania [autumn 2025-spring 2026]

Blockbuster traveling show marking the centennial of the Surrealist movement. Each partnering museum will host the core of the travelling exhibition, with a focus on their own collections. Brussels aims to deliver a comprehensive understanding of surrealism viewed from a symbolist perspective, showcasing over 130 artworks, including paintings, works on paper, sculptures, assemblages, and photographs.
Exhibition - IMAGINE! 100 Years of International Surrealism

Feb 21, 2024 -
Jul 21, 2024
Magritte-Folon: The Dream Factory

Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Belgium

While Brussels celebrates the 100th anniversary of surrealism, some of René Magritte's works will be traveling so it is taking advantage of this period to create a dialogue between the fascinating world of Magritte and the poetic creations of Jean-Michel Folon.
Exhibition - Magritte-Folon: The Dream Factory

Mar 10, 2024 -
Jul 28, 2024
Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diasporic Artists since 1940

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

Curated by María Elena Ortiz.
Inspired by the essay 1943: Surrealism and Us by Suzanne Césaire and the history of Surrealism in the Caribbean with connections to notions of the Afrosurreal in the United States, this presentation includes over 50 works from the 1940s to the present day, in a wide range of media such as painting, sculpture, drawing, video, and installation.
Exhibition - Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diasporic Artists since 1940

Apr 12, 2024 -
Aug 25, 2024
Surréalisme: Le Grand Jeu

Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

Curated by Juri Steiner and Pierre-Henri Foulon, assisted by Paolo Baggi.
Borrowing its title from a review published between 1928-1930 by a splinter group of French Surrealist artists who vehemently refused to rally to André Breton's movement, here is the first thematic exhibition devoted to Surrealism at MCBA since 1987, organised in three sequences focused on three games: chess, Tarot, and dice. Featuring works by Rachel Baes, Hans Bellmer, Victor Brauner, André Breton, Claude Cahun, Nicolas Calas, Leonora Carrington, Ithell Colquhoun, Salvador Dalí, Lise Deharme, Maya Deren, Marcel Duchamp, Marcel Duhamel, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Esteban Frances, Wilhelm Freddie, Jane Graverol, Maurice Henry, Jacques Herold, Georges Hugnet, Valentine Hugo, Wilfredo Lam, René Magritte, Marcel Mariën, Mayo, Pierre Molinier, Meret Oppenheim, Benjamin Péret, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Robert Rius, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy, Dorothea Tanning, Toyen, Remedios Varo, Unica Zürn, among many others.
Exhibition - Surréalisme: Le Grand Jeu

Feb 02, 2024 -
Aug 31, 2024
Fantastic Visions: 100 Years of Surrealism from the National Galleries of Scotland

Museum of Art Pudong, Shanghai

Over 100 major works by over 50 artists, drawn entirely from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Leonora Carrington, and Dorothea Tanning. All the artworks on display, ranging from painting, sculpture, frottage, collage, photography, manuscripts, and books, are presented in China for the first time.
Exhibition - Fantastic Visions: 100 Years of Surrealism from the National Galleries of Scotland

Mar 29, 2024 -
Sep 02, 2024
André Masson: There Is No Finished World

Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

Curated by Chiara Parisi.
150 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, periodicals and archive documents never before exhibited from important public and private American, German, Swiss, Belgian, Italian and French collections tracing Masson's career, painting a picture of a multifaceted artist, open to collaborations and to the world, incessantly pursuing experimentation guided by the dictates of the unconscious and a desire for the infinite.
Exhibition - André Masson: There Is No Finished World

Apr 04, 2024 -
Sep 08, 2024
Surrealism 100: Prague, Tartu and Other Stories...

Estonian National Museum, Tartu, Estonia

Curated by Joanna Hoffmann and Kristlyn Liier.
In Estonia, where Western art styles arrived somewhat late, a programmatic surrealist movement never materialised. Many artists did create art which had surrealist elements but did not dedicate themselves solely to that style. This exhibition offers an overview of works with surrealist elements in the collection of the museum.
Exhibition - Surrealism 100: Prague, Tartu and Other Stories...

Jun 22, 2024 -
Sep 15, 2024
A Long Affair: Surrealism 1924 to Now

The Hyde Collection, New York

Paintings, drawings, prints, and three-dimensional objects from every decade since the 1920s through contemporary makers today, with artists including Jean Arp, Pennie Brantley, Leonora Carrington, George Condo, Salvador Dalí, Julio de Diego, Dorothy Dehner, Max Ernst, Karl Fortess, Philip Guston, Wifredo Lam, Georges Malkine, Man Ray, Joan Miró, Wangechi Mutu, Richard Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Kay Sage, Atillio Salemme, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy, and others.
Exhibition - A Long Affair: Surrealism 1924 to Now

Sep 07, 2024 -
Dec 08, 2024
Long Live Surrealism! 1924-Today

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin

Curated by Claire Howard.
Drawn from the Blanton's collection with select loans and including Surrealists such as Hans Bellmer, Leonora Carrington, Federico Castellon, Max Ernst, Wifredo Lam, Man Ray, and Stephen Robeson Miller, alongside artists inspired by its innovations, including Yayoi Kusama and Dorothy Hood, and contemporary artists working within its vocabulary.
Exhibition - Long Live Surrealism! 1924-Today

Aug 31, 2024 -
Jan 05, 2025
Surrealism: Worlds in Dialogue

Kunsthalle Vogelmann, Heilbronn, Germany

~120 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, films, by artists including Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, Yves Tanguy, René Magritte, Claude Cahun, among others, engaging in a dialogue with contemporary artists like Cindy Sherman, Sarah Lucas, or David Lynch, shedding light on themes such as identity, gender, technology, and mental health.
Exhibition - Surrealism: Worlds in Dialogue

Jul 07, 2024 -
Jan 12, 2025
der die DADA

arp museum, Remagen, Germany

This wide-ranging exhibition examines the complex contribution of women to the Dada movement and shows the liberatory striving toward emancipation. Contemporary artworks, illustrate the movement's continuing impact up to the present day. Includes works by Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Emmy Hennings, Hannah Höch, among others.
Exhibition - der die DADA

Sep 01, 2024 -
Jan 15, 2025
Alberto Giacometti: Unveiled Surrealism

Max Ernst Museum, Brühl

Organised in collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti, Paris and still subject to change, Autumn 2024 brings a major exhibition dedicated to the lesser-known surreal work of the Swiss sculptor, painter and illustrator. Like Max Ernst, the sculptor was drawn to Paris in 1922, where they met in 1928 and worked in neighbouring studios. With his work La Boule suspendue, Giacometti was accepted into the circle of Surrealists in 1930.
Exhibition - Alberto Giacometti: Unveiled Surrealism

Oct 15, 2024 -
Mar 02, 2025
But Live Here? No Thanks: Surrealism + Anti-Fascism

Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

Curated by Karin Althaus, Adrian Djukic and Stephanie Weber.
Structured as a constellation of episodes with an objective to make Surrealism visible as a combative, internationally networked, and highly politicized movement, guided by an idea that was central to Surrealism: anti-fascism. Preliminary artist list includes Art & Liberté, Georges Bataille, Hans Bellmer, Victor Brauner, André Breton, Claude Cahun und Marcel Moore, Leonora Carrington, Aimé Césaire, Suzanne Césaire, Óscar Domínguez, Robert Desnos, Paul Éluard, Max Ernst, Esteban Francés, Eugenio Granell, Groupe Octobre, John Heartfield, Jindrich Heisler, Jacques Hérold, Wifredo Lam, René Magritte, Dora Maar, La Main ŕ Plume, André Masson, Roberto Matta, Lee Miller, Joan Miró, Wolfgang Paalen, Pablo Picasso, Jacques Prévert, Jindrich Styrský, Yves Tanguy, Karel Teige, Toyen, Remedios Varo, Wols, among many others.
Exhibition - But Live Here? No Thanks: Surrealism + Anti-Fascism

Oct 18, 2024 -
Apr 27, 2025
Max Ernst and Photography: A Visit from the Würth Collection

Museum für Fotografie, Berlin

Ernst constantly broke with artistic conventions and experimented with new techniques. He was not, however, a photographer. This exhibition looks for points of connection between his oeuvre and photography. Some of these are direct, as in photo-collages, however they are often indirect, and serve to confuse.
Exhibition - Max Ernst and Photography: A Visit from the Würth Collection

Nov 21, 2024 -
Apr 27, 2025
Forbidden Territories: 100 Years of Surreal Landscapes

The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK

A journey through the fantastical terrains of Surrealism over 100 years, looking at how Surreal ideas can turn landscape into a metaphor for the unconscious, fuse the bodily with the botanical, and provide means to express political anxieties, gender constraints and freedoms. Trans-historical, thematic groupings of artwork will bring together artists of Breton's circle from the 1920s, Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Eileen Agar, Lee Miller and Max Ernst, among others, alongside later Surrealists such as Leonora Carrington, Edith Rimmington, Marion Adnams, Conroy Maddox, Desmond Morris and more
Exhibition - Forbidden Territories: 100 Years of Surreal Landscapes

Jan 18, 2025 -
Jun 01, 2025
Gertrude Abercrombie: The Whole World is a Mystery

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Curated by Eric Crosby and Sarah Humphreville with Cynthia Stucki.
Gertrude Abercrombie (American, 1909-1977) was a critical figure in the midcentury Chicago art scene and a creative force who, from the 1930s until her death in 1977, produced enigmatic paintings populated with objects and figures of personal significance. This is the most comprehensive museum presentation of the artist's work to date.
Exhibition - Gertrude Abercrombie: The Whole World is a Mystery

Spring, 2025 -
Spring, 2025
Leonor Fini: Lo sguardo della sfinge

Palazzo Reale, Milan

Curated by Tere Arcq and Carlos Martěn.
This exhibition, including painting, drawing, photography, decorative art, fashion design, costumes, artist's books and documents, is inspired by the reflections that her art provoked in important writers and artists of her time, including Jean Genet, Max Ernst or Jean Cocteau. The identification with the Sphinx, a legendary creature, is also the curators' statement of principles about the multifaceted aspects of her work and about its ever-evolving nature.
Exhibition - Leonor Fini: Lo sguardo della sfinge

Oct 26, 2024 -
Jan 18, 2026
Surrealism in the Moderna Museet Collection

Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Curated by Lena Essling.
The exhibition follows in the wake of the best-known works of classical surrealism by later artists that are dealing with the subconscious, the irrational, and the darker, violent aspects of a craving culture, with works by Maya Deren, Rebecca Horn, Wifredo Lam, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Meret Oppenheim, Robert Rauschenberg, Dorothea Tanning, and Toyen, among others.
Exhibition - Surrealism in the Moderna Museet Collection

Sep __, 2025 -
Jan __, 2026
Dali e la Moda

Palazzo Reale, Milan

Curated by Laura Bartolomé Roviras and Judith Clark.
Fashion is perhaps one of the least familiar fields in which Dali embodied his artistic universe. Yet, fashion is one of the artist's most prolific contributions at all stages of his career. This is a unique opportunity to admire and gain insight into Salvador Dali's astonishing complexity and in part his work as an eclectic genius.
Exhibition - Dali e la Moda

Oct __, 2025 -
Feb __, 2026
Leonora Carrington

Palazzo Reale, Milan

Curated by Tere Arcq.
Paintings, photographs, books, and archival material in the first exhibition entirely dedicated to Leonora Carrington held in Italy.
Exhibition - Leonora Carrington

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