SURREALISM AND MAGIC: ENCHANTED MODERNITY

 
APRIL 9–SEPTEMBER 26, 2022
 
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION VENICE
 
Max Ernst, Attirement of the Bride, 1940
Oil on canvas; 129.6 × 96.3 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
(Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York)
© Max Ernst, by SIAE 2022
 

First large-scale international loan exhibition to focus on the Surrealists’ interest in magic, alchemy, and the occult, it includes about 60 works by more than 20 artists, from the “metaphysical painting” of Giorgio de Chirico around 1915, through iconic paintings such as Max Ernst’s Attirement of the Bride (1940) and Victor Brauner’s The Lovers (1947), to the symbolism of the late works of Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo.

For the artists that moved in the intellectual orbit of the Surrealist movement, dreams, the irrational, the unconscious, but also magic, myth, alchemy, and the occult were powerful ways to stimulate and free the imagination from any imposed limitations, helping them to produce marvelous artworks that they hoped could regenerate humanity and bring about change in the world at a time of struggle, anxiety, and profound socio-political shifts.

40 international lenders, including prestigious museums and private collections.