Surrealism Without Borders exhibition presented at Tate Modern this spring – South London News
A groundbreaking exhibition at Tate Modern this spring is expected to explore the vast reach of the radical surrealist movement.
Based on extensive research conducted by the Tate and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Surrealism without borders covers 80 years and 50 countries to show how the art movement has inspired and united artists from around the world.
The work has presented him from places as diverse as Buenos Aires, Cairo, Lisbon, Mexico City, Prague, Seoul and Tokyo.
The exhibition will show how this dynamic movement has taken root in many places at different times, giving artists the freedom to challenge authority and imagine a new world.
Born in Paris around 1924, surrealism favored the unconscious and dreams over the familiar and the everyday.
Although it often generated poetic and humorous works, it was also used by artists around the world as a serious weapon in the struggle for political, social and personal freedom.
Showcasing over 150 works ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and film, many of which have never before been shown in the UK, this exhibition explores the collective interests shared by artists from all regions to highlight evidence their interdependent networks.
It also examines the conditions under which they worked and how this in turn affected surrealism, including the pursuit of independence from colonialism and displacement caused by conflict.
Among the rarely seen works are photographs by Cecilia Porras and Enrique Grau, who challenged the conservative social conventions of 1950s Colombia.
There are also paintings by exiled Spanish artist Eugenio Granell, whose radical political commitments made him a target for censorship and persecution.
Familiar surreal themes such as the exploration of weird and unconscious desires are repositioned in a new perspective.
Visitors will see iconic paintings such as that by Max Ernst Two children are threatened by a nightingale alongside lesser-known but significant works including that of Antonio Berni Landru at the hotel, Paris, which featured in the artist’s first surrealist works exhibition in Argentina.
At Toshiko Okanoue Yobi-goe (The Call) 1954, which touched on the daily experience of post-war Japan, will also be presented.
Surrealism beyond borders is from February 24, 2022 to August 29, 2022.