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Surrealist Calendar

Current and upcoming exhibitions in museums and galleries

Jun 16, 2019 -
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

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

Jun 18, 2022 -
Apr 02, 2023
Strange Sensations: The Startling and Surreal in PAFA's Permanent Collection

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Curated by Christiana Cruz-Council.
20th and 21st-century works of art by 34 artists including Gertrude Abercrombie, Sue Coe, Rico Lebrun, Kurt Seligmann, and others that consider mysterious and otherworldly energies through a post-Surrealist lens.
Exhibition - Strange Sensations: The Startling and Surreal in PAFA's Permanent Collection

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

Mar 11, 2023 -
Apr 22, 2023
Jacqueline Lamba - Painter

Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco

Lamba's first gallery exhibition in the United States in seventy-four years, a retrospective featuring over forty paintings and works on paper spanning 1927 - 1988.
Exhibition - Jacqueline Lamba - Painter

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

Nov 18, 2022 -
May 07, 2023
Surreal Worlds

Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany

Featuring masterpieces by artists including Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, this collection exhibition shows selected works that open up magical worlds to us with their psychologically charged, emigmatic representations and imaginative objects.
Exhibition - Surreal Worlds

Feb 11, 2023 -
May 07, 2023
Leonora Carrington: Revelation

Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid

Curated by Tere Arcq and Carlos Martín.
Second of two venues for this first comprehensive presentation of Carrington's art in Spain, 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: Revelation

Nov 11, 2022 -
May 14, 2023
Another Surrealism

The Art Museum in Tønder, Denmark

The most significant collection of surrealist art in Denmark celebrates their recent acquisition of a major work from the late 1920s by Eugene de Sala, who introduced surrealism to Denmark, along with modern and contemporary works by artists including Franciska Clausen, Wilhelm Freddie, Rita Kernn-Larsen, Wilhelm Bjerke Petersen, Elsa Thoresen, and many others.
Exhibition - Another Surrealism

Jan 29, 2023 -
May 21, 2023
The Iconography of Dread: Symbolism to Surrealism

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California

Featuring works from the turn of the last century by Ferdinand Khnopff, Alfred Kubin, Odilon Redon, and Félicien Rops, as well as the Italian surrealist Giorgio Manzu and his Russian contemporaries, Ossip Zadkine and Alexander Archipenko, this exhibition dwells on the dark side of humanity through a host of cruel but unforgettable imagery.
Exhibition - The Iconography of Dread: Symbolism to Surrealism

Feb 17, 2023 -
May 28, 2023
Victor Brauner: Inventions and Magic

National Museum of Art Timisoara, Romania

Curated by Camille Morando.
Over 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, illustrations and documents covering Brauner's entire artistic output, including loans of over 50 exceptional works from the Center Pompidou and other major French museums.
Exhibition - Victor Brauner: Inventions and Magic

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

Mar 11, 2023 -
Jul 09, 2023
Man Ray: Opere 1912-1975

Palazzo Ducale, Genova

Over three hundred photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and films by one of the greatest photographers of the last century as well as an extraordinary avant-garde painter, sculptor and director.
Exhibition - Man Ray: Opere 1912-1975

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

Mar 31, 2023 -
Sep 10, 2023
Surréalisme au Féminin?

Musée de Montmartre Jardins Renoir, Paris

Curated by Alix Agret and Dominique Païni.
This exhibition explores the extent and various forms of involvement of female artists and poets in the Surrealist movement, featuring almost 150 works by fifty of these women, including Claude Cahun, Toyen, Dora Maar, Lee Miller, Meret Oppenheim, and Leonora Carrington, and highlight other, less well-known, figures such as Marion Adnams, Ithell Colquhoun, Grace Pailthorpe, Jane Graverol, Suzanne Van Damme, Rita Kernn-Larsen, Franciska Clausen, Josette Exandier, and Yahne Le Toumelin.
Exhibition - Surréalisme au Féminin?

Jun 02, 2023 -
Sep 10, 2023
Fantastic Surrealists

HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz, Austria

Curated by Sandro Droschl.
This exhibition explores works from the 1950's thru the 1980's by Austria's group of Fantastic Realists and considers their original significance and their continuing relevance.
Exhibition - Fantastic Surrealists

Mar 31, 2023 -
Sep 17, 2023
Molinier rose saumon

Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA, Bordeaux

Curated by Marie Canet, Emmanuelle Debur and Claire Jacquet.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of this institution which began its collection in 1982 with the acquisition of around thirty works by Molinier. Also including works by Hans Bellmer, Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, Clovis Trouille, Felix Labisse and many others.
Exhibition - Molinier rose saumon

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

Jul 29, 2023 -
Nov 27, 2023
Remedios Varo: Science Fictions

Art Institute Chicago, Chicago

Curated by Teresa Arcq and Caitlin Haskell.
~25 paintings from the height of her career in the 1950s and early 60s, plus drawings and archival materials in this first US solo museum exhibition since 2000, organised in partnership with the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City.
Exhibition - Remedios Varo: Science Fictions

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