If you’re looking for a way of escaping those autumnal chills whilst out and about on a city break in Madrid, opening tomorrow (8th October) at the city’s Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is a new exhibition devoted to the masters of Surrealism. Entitled “Surrealism and the Dream”, this is the museum’s first monographic exhibition devoted to this popular art genre and features a total of 163 works by a veritable list of A-list stars in the world of Surrealist artistry including André Breton, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Yves Tanguy, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Max Ernst, André Masson, Jean Arp and Man Ray.
Presenting a thematic portfolio of the Surrealist’s visual interpretation of the world of dreams, the exhibition features works from a wide range of media through which the artists conveyed their creative inspiration. These include paintings, drawings, graphic work, collages, objects, sculptures, photography and film, anything in fact that the Surrealists felt would enrich and expand the mind through freedom of expression.
In addition to the artworks on display and seven video installations showing excerpts from selected Surrealist films, Surrealism and the Dream will also be accompanied by a programme of (free entry) films taking place throughout the duration of the exhibition. These include Spellbound by Alfred Hitchcock (whose sets were designed by Dalí), Blue Velvet by David Lynch and Juliet of the Spirits by Federico Fellini, all associated with Surrealism.
There’s also a significant presence of female artists featured in the exhibition, moving beyond their initial function as muses, objects of desire or companions to developing a creative personality of their own that challenged or differed from those of their male colleagues. The exhibition features 11 of such artists, including Claude Cahun, Dorothea Tanning, Meret Oppenheim, Leonora Carrington and Dora Maar, perhaps better known as the lover of Pablo Picasso.
With works on loan from museums, galleries and private collections around the world, including Paris’ Centre Pompidou, the Tate Modern in London and New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, this looks to be a fascinating exhibition for anyone with an interest in Surrealism, not least for the artistic chemistry and richness brought together under one roof. Surrealism and the Dream runs until 12th January 2014 and is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 7pm (until 9pm on Saturdays, closed Mondays). A ticket for the exhibition alone will cost 10€ (6€ for seniors and students; free for children under 12 years). To visit the permanent collection as well, a ticket costs 15€ (8€ reduced).