At the Centre Pompidou, a museum in Paris dedicated to modern art, a new exhibition showcases surrealist objects from between the years 1910 and 1960. The visions of favorites such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Miro will be presented through various objects, which have been crafted into symbolic sculptures.
Until March 3, 2014, guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier can check out this exhibition entitled ‘Surrealism and the Object.’ It covers a time when surrealist artists strived to reveal the spirit of dreams and the subconscious. One of the most innovative periods of art therefore comes alive thanks to roughly 200 works of art presented in a space of 2,100 square meters.
Some of the most well known surrealist pieces, such as Salvador Dalí’s Lobster Telephone and Giacometti’s Suspended Ball, can be seen now at the Centre Pompidou. The exhibition is organized in an environment inspired by amusement parks and divided into 12 sections. The sections are classified according to various themes, focusing on both grand surrealist masters a specific moments of inspiration.
The surrealist movement came about on the heels of Dada, which sought to make sense of the absurdity of mass war, poverty and suffering in a period characterized by two World Wars. Openly defiant towards the obsessions with logic and reason that they believed caused more harm than good, surrealist threw themselves into works that were irrational or tapped into what human instinctual drives.
The exhibit ‘Surrealism and the Object’ even explores how surrealism has influence subsequent artists working in contemporary art. In this way, spectators get a well-rounded and comprehensive view of this movement and its implications for art.