Thyssen Museum presents "Surrealism and the Dream"

Its ideas have had a key influence on all subsequent art and on the contemporary mindset.

Oct 07, 2013 03:10 IST India Infoline News Service

Opening on 8 October, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid is presenting the first great monographic exhibition on Surrealism and the dream. Including a total of 163 works by the great Surrealist masters – André Breton, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Yves Tanguy, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Max Ernst, André Masson, Jean Arp and Man Ray– the exhibition will offer a thematic presentation of the Surrealists' visual interpretation of the world of dreams. 

The works in the exhibition are loaned from museums, galleries and private collections around the world including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Tate Modern (London), the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), among many others. The exhibition is curated by José Jiménez, Doctor of Philosophy and Surrealist Historian. 

Surrealism should not be considered just one more art movement: rather, it was an attitude to life essentially based on a vision of interior images accessed through the flow of desire. Its ideas have had a key influence on all subsequent art and on the contemporary mindset. The present exhibition aims to demonstrate that this influence has its most profound roots in the Surrealist connection between dream and image. In order to do so, the exhibition will include examples from the wide range of media in which this link is evident: painting, drawing, graphic work, collage, objects, sculptures, photography and film. 

The Surrealists' creative horizon encompassed all art forms that could enrich and expand the mind, and its doors were equally open to painters, sculptors, photographers and filmmakers who were the first to adopt the fusion of expressive genres with a multimedia aesthetic during a period of major technological advances in the production and reproduction of images. 

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