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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

Mar 11, 2022 -
Jan 08, 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 13, 2022 -
Jan 22, 2023
Max Ernst and Nature as Invention

Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany

Curated by Dr. Volker Adolphs.
Paintings, drawings, prints, and illustrated books by Ernst complemented by works by 25 other artists including Hans Arp, Joan Miro, Richard Oelze, Yves Tanguy, Wols and others in this examination of Ernst's oeuvre as a concept of an alternative history of nature in the context of the art of his time and the art created thereafter until today.
Exhibition - Max Ernst and Nature as Invention

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

Dec 01, 2022 -
Jan 27, 2023
Emmy Bridgwater: The Edge of Beyond

The Mayor Gallery, London

Including never-before exhibited paintings, collages and drawings, this exhibition presents a "rediscovered" surrealist artist who was highly regarded during her lifetime, by both critics and the founders of surrealism, and a visionary force who changed the face of art history.
Exhibition - Emmy Bridgwater: The Edge of Beyond

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 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

Jan 12, 2023 -
Feb 25, 2023
Leonor Fini: Metamorphosis

Kasmin Gallery, New York

Work spanning seven decades exploring themes of transformation, masquerade, and performance through paintings, sculpture, and works on paper sourced primarily from the artist's estate.
Exhibition - Leonor Fini: Metamorphosis

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

Nov 27, 2022 -
Feb 26, 2023
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Lewis Carroll et les surréalistes

Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg

Curated by Barbara Forest and Fabrice Flahutez.
Over 100 paintings, photographs, drawings, collages, prints, etc. spanning 1919 through the end of the 1960s and addressing changes of scale, text-image links, the notion of passage, transgression and authority, the connivance of the animal and human worlds as well as games, cards and chess. Also questioned are the figures of Alice as women artists have been able to apprehend her and the representations of women within the surrealist universe.
Exhibition - Lewis Carroll et les surréalistes

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

Jan 15, 2023 -
Apr 23, 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

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

Feb 18, 2023 -
Jun 12, 2023
Salvador Dali: The Image Disappears

Art Institute Chicago, Chicago

Curated by Caitlin Haskell and Jennifer Cohen.
Focusing on the pivotal decade of the 1930s, when Salvador Dali emerged as the inventor of his own personal brand of Surrealism, this exhibition of 25 paintings, drawings, and surrealist objects considers Dali's work in light of two defining, if contradictory, impulses: an immense desire for visibility and the urge to disappear.
Exhibition - Salvador Dali: The Image Disappears

Aug 26, 2022 -
Sep 01, 2023
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

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

Aug 15, 2023 -
Oct 31, 2023
Stephen Robeson Miller

Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York

Curated by Dr. Susan L. Aberth.
Exhibition - Stephen Robeson Miller








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