At Olivier Malingue, A Conversation on Surrealism

March 1, 2018

Olivier Malingue Gallery's forthcoming exhibition will offer an opportunity to study rare and iconic pieces of modern art executed by some of the most significant figures form the Surrealist movement. Titled Surrealism: A Conversation, the upcoming show will present the works by such greats as Victor Brauner, Salvador Dalí, Óscar Domínguez, Max Ernst, Hans Arp, René Magritte and Yves Tanguy.

Olivier Malingue, the gallery's owner, did not hide his excitement about the opportunity to showcase some of the most valuable works of Surreal art out there:

To arrange these important Surrealist works in dialogue in this way allows the works to speak not just to each other but to the viewer, highlighting the theories of collective thought inherent in the Surrealist movement – which is, to me, key to grasping the continuing relevance of this groundbreaking cultural movement.

Victor Brauner - Esprit minéral, 1961, Poète en exil, 1946
Left: Victor Brauner - Esprit minéral, 1961. Oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm / Right: Victor Brauner - Poète en exil, 1946. Wax, pencil and ink on card board, 72.7 x 59.5 cm

Surrealism: A Conversation

Surrealism: A Conversation will provide unprecedented access to works by some of the greatest painters of the 20th century. Artworks by Hans Arp, Salvador Dalí, Óscar Domínguez, Max Ernst, René Magritte and Yves Tanguy will all be featured in the following months, and the show will emphasize the roles these modern art history's greats had within the Surrealist movement.

Surrealism: A Conversation will primarily focus on the period between 1923 and the early 1960s, so the curators will obviously be placing an accent on the overarching influence Surrealism had on development of subsequent movements, some of which came to be decades after the prime of Surrealist art came to an end.

Primarily, the upcoming show will reflect the Surrealist movement’s highly structured theoretical doctrine that saw the canvas become a window into another reality where one could be totally emancipated from his or her own consciousness. This agenda, outlined in Andre Breton’s 1924 Surrealist manifesto based on automatism, found much of its origins in Freud’s analysis of dreams.

Salvador Dali - Landscape with Telephones on a Plate, 1939
Salvador Dali - Landscape with Telephones on a Plate, 1939. Oil on canvas, 21.5 x 29.5 cm

The Importance of Creating a Dialogue

Surrealism: A Conversation will attempt to create a dialogue between what were very individual yet characteristically surrealist works. Simultaneously different and similar, each of these surrealist works offer a glimpse into the visionary world of its artist.

Aside from showing the visitors how Surrealists were eager to unravel the concepts of reality on canvas, the art on view will also deal with the infamous Cadavre Exquis. This game had different artists draw a single section of a body before concealing their work and handing the piece of paper to the next artist who then filled in the following section of the figure.

Yves Tanguy - La Grue des Sables,1946, Gouache on paper, 47.2 x 31.8 cm, Photo A.J Photographics / Yves Tanguy - André Masson and others, Cadavre Exquis, 1925, Pencil and coloured pencil on paper, 27.7 x 21 cm
Left: Yves Tanguy - La Grue des Sables,1946, Gouache on paper, 47.2 x 31.8 cm, Photo A.J Photographics / Right: Yves Tanguy - André Masson and others, Cadavre Exquis, 1925, Pencil and coloured pencil on paper, 27.7 x 21 cm

Masters of Surreal Art Exhibition at Olivier Malingue Gallery

Meticulously curated by Olivier Malingue who had the goals of providing an insight into the relationships between individual Surrealist artists, the upcoming event will be an opportunity to both see impressive artworks and learn about the philosophical, cultural and political convictions behind what turned out to be one of the biggest avant-garde movements of the 20th century.

Surrealism: A Conversation, a showcase of some of the best Surreal artworks ever made, will be on display between the 2nd of March and the 12th of May 2018 at Olivier Malingue Gallery in London, England.

Featured image: Oscar Dominguez - Paysage cosmique (detail), 1938-1939. Oil on canvas, 73.2 x 92 cm. All images courtesy Olivier Malingue Gallery.

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