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René Magritte, The Six Elements (1929)

René Magritte, The Six Elements (1929), oil on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 28-Sep 25] Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950 © Estate of René Magritte / SODRAC (2011)

The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art

Vancouver Art Gallery,
Vancouver BC – May 28-Sep 25, 2011

Brian Jungen, Carapace (detail)

Joan Miró, Shooting Star (1938), oil on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 28-Sep 25] National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Joseph H. Hazen

Edith Rimmington, The Oneiroscopist (1947)

Edith Rimmington, The Oneiroscopist (1947), oil on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 28-Sep 25] The Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art in the Israel Museum. Photo: © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art showcases art by more than 80 leading Surrealist artists, including Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, André Breton, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Cornell, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Man Ray and Yves Tanguy. Four years in the making, the historic exhibit is the largest and most ambitious show of Surrealist art to be held in Canada.

The Surrealist movement had an ambitious theme: to express the unconscious without the constraints of rational thought. Influenced by early films, French literature, the nihilism of Dada and Sigmund Freud’s investigations of human psychology,

Surrealism gave birth to automatism, drottage and fumage among other experimentations, and spawned an unprecedented breadth of radical artwork: paintings, sculptures, collage, photographs, rayographs and films. Particularly memorable is the Surrealist “object”, an approach to sculpture where unrelated components are combined to conjure new meanings.

The 350 pieces were culled from 60 prominent private collections, museums and galleries. The exhibit includes films that reveal the provocative nature of Surrealist film-making, and is accompanied by a 336-page hardcover book edited by curator Dawn Ades.

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André Masson, Ophelia (1937)

André Masson, Ophelia (1937), oil on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 28-Sep 25] Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

André Breton, Suzanne Muzard, Jeannette Tanguy, Pierre Unik, Georges Sadoul and Yves Tanguy, Le Jeu de L'oie (1929)

André Breton, Suzanne Muzard, Jeannette Tanguy, Pierre Unik, Georges Sadoul and Yves Tanguy, Le Jeu de L'oie (1929), ink and gouache on paper [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 28-Sep 25] Private Collection, Courtesy Galerie 1900-2000, Paris © Estate ofAndré Breton / SODRAC (2011) © Successió Miró / SODRAC (2011)

FEATURES, NEW & OLD: The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden | Edgardo Aragón: Ley Fuga | Vanishing Ice | Kingston Prize | Charles Edenshaw | Jillian McDonald | William Perehudoff | Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough:The Treasures of Kenwood House, London | Carrying on Irregardless | Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou | James Nizam: Trace Heavens | Gaugin & Polynesia | Leslie Dill's Poetic Vision | Preview's 25th Anniversary in Print | The Surrealist Revolution in Art | Carl Beam | Shadows of a Fleeting World: Seattle Camera Club | Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National, Paris | Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010 | Fleeting Beauty: Japanese Woodblock Prints | Judy Radul: World Rehearsal Court | Requiem: BY Photographers Who Died in Vietnam & Indochina | Andreas Gurksy: Werke/Works 80-08 | Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers II | Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography | Hiro Yamagata: T R A N S I E N T | Henk Pander: History and Typography | Mandy Greer: Dare alla Luce | Generation: Images of Youth | Rembrandt & Dutch Art's Golden Age | Seattle Art Museum at 75 | Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings | Joanna Staniszkis: Silk City | Rodin: In His Own Words | First Nations Art: Historic to Contemporary | Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes | Three Rivers: Wild Waters, Sacred Places | Portland Art Museum | Acting Out: Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore | Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design | Rhythm and Change: The Bow in Contemporary Art | Douglas Curran: The Elephant Has Four Hearts | Fay Jones: Recent Paintings | Massive Change: Bruce Mau | Web Images: Quick Guide | Treasures From the Kröller-Müller | Gerry Deiter: Give Peace a Chance | InFest: International Artist-Run Culture | Silver: Dreams, Screens & Theories | Paul Wong: COLLECT | James Turrell: Knowing Light | Joanna Staniszkis: Linen’s Edge | Daniel Joliffe/Jocelyn Robert: Ground Station | Bratsa Bonifacho: Habitat Pixel | Edouardo Kac: Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics | Douglas Gordon at the VAG | Walk Ways Explore Body-Mind Connection


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