Fantasy Figures: Surrealist Works on Paper from the Art Center's Collection (October 1, 2021 - March 20, 2022)

Surrealism emerged as an important art movement in the early 20th-century, defined by chaotic and mysterious imagery inspired by dreams, fantasies, and the unconscious. Its dramatic visuals and subversive ideas influenced not only generations of artists, but writers, filmmakers, fashion designers, and video game animators as well. Surrealism’s focus on the limitless nature of the mind often led to experimental ways of presenting the human figure. Dating mainly from the 1930s to the 1960s, the works in this exhibition include many Surrealistic takes on the body. In the hands of these artists, faces expand and float, limbs twist and dance, and people turn into monsters, machines, animals, and enigmatic things in-between.
Artists in the exhibition include Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Louise Bourgeois, and Dorothea Tanning, among many others. Works by René Magritte, Hedda Sterne, and Leonor Fini will be displayed for the first time. “In recent years the Art Center has been able to expand our collection of Surrealism, and I’m thrilled to introduce our audience to these new images,” says Laura Burkhalter, curatorial manager.
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