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Past Exhibitions: 2003

Surrealism from the Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art

December 20, 2003–February 29, 2004
20th Century Gallery

Max Ernst 'Dancers' Lithograph
Max Ernst
German, 1891-1976
Dancers (Danseuses)
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art

This exhibition brings together about seventy objects, including prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculpture from the Museum's rich collection of Surrealist art. Following French poet André Breton's original entreaty to writers and artists to go beyond depictions of the actual world, adherents of Surrealism employed Freudian techniques to merge conscious and unconscious experiences in the creation of art. This exhibition explores ways in which artists active in Paris in the 1920s and 30s—such as Hans Arp, Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, and Yves Tanguy—heeded Breton's appeal, looking to their imaginations, chance, dreams, or evocations of the unconscious to produce works in which fantasy met reality and the bizarre brushed with the mundane. The exhibition also examines the work of American figures like Adolph Gottlieb, Theodoros Stamos, Gerome Kamrowski, and Kay Sage, as well as the effects of exile upon the European artists in America in the 1940s .

Accompanying educational programs have been generously supported by Borders Group, Inc., the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Nonprofit Enterprises at Work.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural AffairsNonprofit Enterprise at Work