Surrealism

Worlds in Dialogue

Surrealism – Worlds in Dialogue highlights the surrealist vision and its lasting ripple effects on subsequent generations over the last 100 years to the present day. It creates space for dialogue through the presentation of works by Surrealist avantgardists in juxtaposition to their contemporary successors, thus resulting in the artworks of the past regaining their unsettling power through a contemporary lens.

Through this cross-generational encounter, the exhibition demonstrates how surrealist themes and methods still strike a chord with our zeitgeist, while tackling fundamental social-political issues. Avantgardists such as Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, Yves Tanguy, René Magritte, Claude Cahun, among others, engage in a dialogue with contemporary artists like Cindy Sherman, Sarah Lucas, or David Lynch, shedding light on themes such as identity, gender, technology, and mental health from various perspectives.

Exhibition objects: A well-balanced selection of approx. 120 exhibits
(including paintings, graphical works, sculptures, film stills, film excerpts and AR-installations)
Exhibition space: ca. 1000 sqm (adjustable in size)
Exhibition catalog: German/English

Exhibition venues:
Kunsthalle Vogelmann, Heilbronn, Germany, August 31, 2024 – January 05, 2025

René Magritte, Arbre et lune, 1948
© René Magritte / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Courtesy Private Collection

ORLAN, Disfiguration-Refiguration, Precolumbian Self-Hybridization No. 16 b., 1998
© ORLAN
Courtesy STUDIO ORLAN, galerie Ceysson & Bénétière, Galerie ERNST HILGER

Meret Oppenheim, L’écureuil, 1969
© Meret Oppenheim / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Courtesy Collection Antoine De Galbert, Paris, Image: © Célia Pernot

Man Ray, Le Violon d’Ingres, 1924
© Man Ray Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Courtesy Private Collection

Marco Brambilla, Heaven’s Gate, 2022
© Marco Brambilla

Hans Bellmer, Etude préparatoire au Portrait d’Unica avec l’oeil-sexe, 1938
© Hans Bellmer / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Courtesy Galerie 1900-2000, Paris

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