New exhibition opens
Encounters of the surreal kind at Modern One
Masterpieces from four of the finest collections of Dada and Surrealist art ever assembled have been brought together in this summer’s major exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.
Surreal Encounters: Collecting the Marvellous explores “the passions and obsessions” that led to the creation of four very different collections.
Surrealism was one of the most radical movements of the twentieth century, which challenged conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, the world of dreams and the laws of chance.
Emerging from the chaotic creativity of Dada (itself a powerful rejection of traditional values triggered by the horrors of the First World War) its influence on our wider culture remains potent almost a century after it first appeared in Paris in the 1920s.
The exhibition features works by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Leonora Carrington, Giorgio de Chirico, André Breton, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning, Yves Tanguy, Leonor Fini, Marcel Duchamp and Paul Delvaux.
It includes 400 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, artist books and archival materials and has been jointly organised by the SNGMA, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam and the Hamburger Kunsthalle, where it will be shown following its only UK showing in Edinburgh.
Surreal Encounters: Collecting the marvellous, runs from 4 June to 11 September
Photo: Gallery media manager Michael Gormley observes Magritte’s Not To Be Reproduced (by Terry Murden)