The Fondation Beyeler (Basilea, Switzerland) presents on Sunday an exhibition devoted to the art of Surrealism, the first to be held on this theme in Switzerland for many years.
Surrealism was among the most influential artistic and literary movements in the twentieth century. It emerged in Paris in the interwar period and from there unfolded a worldwide effect that continues to this day.
Deeply disillusioned by the useless carnage of the First World War, the Surrealists created their groundbreaking works under the leadership of the group's theoretician, André Breton.
By expanding Dadaist conceptions, the Surrealists also attempted to abandon traditional ways of showing art and to mount exhibitions of a radically new kind. Since then, this approach has frequently influenced the presentation not only of private collections of Surrealism but of museum collections and exhibitions as well. The staging of Surrealist art will likewise play an important role in the Fondation Beyeler exhibition.
Major works by prominent representatives of the movement will be on view, including paintings, sculptures, objects and photographs by Hans (Jean) Arp, Hans Bellmer, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio di Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Man Ray, André Masson, Joan Miró, Meret Oppenheim, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, and Yves Tanguy.
Date: until January 29.
Location: The Fondation Beyeler. Baselstrasse 101 CH-4125 Riehen/Basel. Switzerland.
Opening hours: from Thursday to Tuesday from 10am to 6pm. Wednesdays from 10am to 8pm.
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