Surrealism Beyond Borders

D'Alessandro, Stephanie and Matthew Gale, with contributions from Dawn Ades, Patricia Allmer, Tere Arcq, Sanja Bahun, Tessel M. Bauduin, María Clara Bernal, Christopher Bush, Lori Cole, José Correa-Vigier, Ambra D'Antone, Clare Davies, Natalia Fernández, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Fabrice Flahutez, Patrick D. Flores, Carine Harmand, Elizabeth Harney, Claire Howard, Shanay Jhaveri, Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel, Joan Kee, Anneka Lenssen, Partha Mitter, Harper Montgomery, Jennifer Mundy, Kristoffer Noheden, Maia Nuku, Zita Cristina Nunes, Sean O'Hanlan, Gavin Parkinson, Joanna Pawlik, Nadia Radwan, Effie Rentzou, Lauren Rosati, Kuiyi Shen, Rachel Silveri, Sarah-Neel Smith, Katia Sowels, Raymond Spiteri, Jelena Stojković, Abigail Susik, Ming Tiampo, Clare Veal, Christina Weyl, and Chinghsin Wu (2021)

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Surrealism Beyond Borders
October 11, 2021–January 30, 2022

A telephone receiver that morphs into a lobster. A miniature train that rushes from a fireplace.

These are just a few of the familiar images associated with Surrealism, a revolutionary idea sparked in Paris around 1924 that asserted the unconscious and dreams over the familiar and every day. While Surrealism could generate often poetic and even humorous works, it was also taken up as a far more serious weapon in the struggle for political, social, and personal freedom, and by many more artists around the world.

Nearly from its inception, Surrealism has had an international scope, but knowledge of the movement has been formed primarily through a Western European focus. This exhibition reconsiders the true “movement” of Surrealism across boundaries of geography and chronology—and within networks that span Eastern Europe to the Caribbean, Asia to North Africa, and Australia to Latin America. Including almost eight decades of work produced across 45 countries, Surrealism Beyond Borders offers a fresh appraisal of these collective concerns and exchanges—as well as historical, national, and local distinctions—that will recast appreciation of this most revolutionary and globe-spanning movement.