29 September 2012
- 27 January 2013
This autumn, Moderna Museet Malmö is presenting surrealism as it has never before been shown. In the museum’s largest ever exhibition, THE SUPERSURREALISM takes over the entire building. Visitors are invited on a voyage in time that sets off in 1591 with Arcimboldo, and ends in 2012 with new works by Carsten Höller and Magnus Wallin. In between are works by classic surrealists such as Salvador Dalí, Meret Oppenheim and Max Ernst. THE SUPERSURREALISM looks at the time before, during and after the surrealist period, in an attempt to explore how surrealism is expressed today. Does it still have its power to shock, surprise and outrage?
Moderna Museet has an eminent collection of surrealism from the crucial years round 1920-40, comprising paintings, sculptures and objects. It includes Louise Bourgeois, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Wilhelm Freddie, Alberto Giacometti, Francis Picabia, Man Ray and Meret Oppenheim. These artists, together with the equally prominent photographers Brassaï, Hans Bellmer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertész, Lotte Jacobi and Paul Strand, films by Luis Buñuel and Maya Deren from the same period, will form the core of the exhibition, which also features works from the period after the Second World War to today.
Contemporary works by artists such as Nathalie Djurberg, Carsten Höller and Magnus Wallin are juxtaposed with post-war existential depths, 1960s psychedelic art, sexual liberation and transgressive approaches on identity. The prehistory of surrealism will also be dealt with in a spatial curiosity cabinet. Altogether, the exhibition is an eruption of supersurrealistic images.
John Peter Nilsson about THE SUPERSURREALISM
Douglas Coupland about THE SUPERSURREALISM
Curator: John Peter Nilsson
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