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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

Feb 24, 2022 -
Aug 29, 2022
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Surrealism Beyond Borders

Tate Modern, London   

Tracing Surrealism's impact and legacy from the 1920s to the late 1970s in places as diverse as Colombia, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, Romania, Syria, Thailand, and Turkey.
Exhibition - Surrealism Beyond Borders

Apr 21, 2022 -
Aug 27, 2022
I Owe You: Claude Cahun/Marcel Moore

Alberta Pane Gallery, Venice

Curated by Silvia Mazzucchelli.
Photographs and books by Surrealist artist and writer Claude Cahun accompanied by a publication with texts by curators and researchers.
Exhibition - I Owe You: Claude Cahun/Marcel Moore

May 14, 2022 -
Sep 11, 2022
Herbert List: The Magic Eye

Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg

The first int'l survey in over two decades of the work of this Hamburg-born photographer, spanning his entire career, from Surrealist works before 1945 in which he endeavoured to capture enigmatic and ambiguous aspects of reality, to his visions of life in antiquity and extensive pictorial accounts of non-European cultures, all the way to the male nudes with which List avowed his own homosexuality.
Exhibition - Herbert List: The Magic Eye

Mar 25, 2022 -
Sep 18, 2022
Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition

Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern   [2021-10-22 thru 2022-02-13]
The Menil Collection, Houston   [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

Jul 02, 2022 -
Sep 25, 2022
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, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, Hayama Kanagawa   [2022-10-22 thru 2023-01-22]

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

Apr 09, 2022 -
Sep 26, 2022
Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice   [2022-04-09 thru 2022-09-26]
Museum Barberini, Potsdam   [2022-10-22 thru 2023-01-29]

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

Jun 10, 2022 -
Oct 09, 2022
The Picasso Century

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Curated by Didier Ottinger.
Over 80 Picassos alongside over 100 works by more than 50 of his contemporaries, including works by Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Julio Gonzalez, Valentine Hugo, Wifredo Lam, Dora Maar, Andre Masson, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning and a host of others.
Exhibition - The Picasso Century

May 05, 2022 -
Oct 16, 2022
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

Jul 09, 2022 -
Oct 16, 2022
Christian Bérard, Excentrique Bébé

Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco

Curated by Célia Bernasconi.
Over 300 paintings, drawings, photographs and interior decorations trace Bérard's encounters and collaborations with the great creators of the time, among whom Jean Cocteau, Louis Jouvet, Christian Dior and Gabrielle Chanel.
Exhibition - Christian Bérard, Excentrique Bébé

Mar 17, 2022 -
Oct 18, 2022
Drifting with Magritte: Castles in the Air

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Curated by Efrat Aharon.
This exhibition will focus on the IMJ's monumental masterpiece The Castle of the Pyrenees, revealing the fascinating story behind its creation, as documented in the extensive correspondence between Magritte and his longtime friend and lawyer, Harry Torczyner, who commissioned the work.
Exhibition - Drifting with Magritte: Castles in the Air

Jul 23, 2022 -
Nov 06, 2022
Other Worlds Than This

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

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

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








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