After successful Dali' exhibit, Paris showcases Surrealism

05 November, 13:58

    'La Poupee' by Hans Bellmer on display at the Pompidou Centre 'La Poupee' by Hans Bellmer on display at the Pompidou Centre

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS - From Marcel Duchamp's famous 1914 Bottle Rack, considered the first real 'readymade', to Joan Miro's sculptures from the end of the 1960s to artwork by Man Ray, Max Ernst, Picasso, Giacometti and Calder, the Centre Pompidou in Paris will offer visitors a full immersion in Surrealism, a literary and artistic movement from the 1920s and 1030s which led to the avant-garde movements of the 20th century.
    The exhibit 'Le surrealism et l'objet' running through March 3 follows the great success of the show dedicated to Dali' which attracted 750,000 visitors.
    At the centre of the show is the 'surrealist object', the artists' use of objects from everyday life as an 'effective agent of poetic subversion of reality', said Didier Ottinger, the deputy director of Paris' Museum of modern art, who organized the show.
    'It is the intrusion of the supernatural within reality through imagination: you can talk about poems-objects', explained Ottinger.
    'For Surrealists, the object is a possible response to an ideological context which refuses the attraction of the power of dreams and the subconscious. By fixing the dreams and desires of its creator, it becomes an object of art' 'The Dadaist gesture was nihilistic and iconoclast, the Dadaist object is a response to overcome reality', he said.
    The exhibit which includes 200 paintings, sculptures, photos and videos runs across 12 rooms focusing on a range of issues from the readymade to the symbolic value of objects and the introduction of eroticism; other features are the movement's manifesto drafted in 1924 by poet Andre' Breton, which hails the expression of the unconscious in art, inspired by Sigmund Freud, to several international Surrealist exhibits organized from 1933 to 1960, from the Second World War to the exile of Surrealist artists in the United States, until the influence of Surrealism in contemporary art.
    Highlights include the 'Boule syspendue' (1930-31) by Alberto Giacometti - a ball suspended over a moon, a metaphor of sexual intercourse - the four-legged doll by Hans Bellmer, Dali's famous lobster phone, 'Tete de toreau' (1942) by Pablo Picasso - a bull head obtained by assembling a saddle with bicycle parts, 'Apple Monster' (1938) by Alexander Calder made from apple tree branches.
    The show also features a table-wolf by Victor Brauner, a metronome with one eye by Man Ray, Duchamp's Bottle Rack, paintings by Giorgio De Chirico (Il profeta 1914-15) and Miro's painted sculptures.
    The exhibit does not include Duchamp's famous urinal (Fontaine 1917) which was damaged by artist Pierre Pinocelli who hit it with a hammer in 2006 during a show on Dadaism at the Pompidou.
    The museum is hoping the show will be as successful as the exhibit on Dali (which ran from November 21 until March 25 and then moved to Madrid's Reina Sofia) with 750,000 tickets sold.
    The first exhibit entirely dedicated to the Catalan painter at the Pompidou in 1979 attracted 840,000 visitors, an unparalleled record for an exhibit since the museum's inauguration in 1977. (ANSAmed).

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