Paris, Centre Pompidou, Galerie 2


This rare and remarkably comprehensive overview of Surrealist photography reunites 400 works across nine rooms, structured thematically, representing the key concepts and periods that mark the movement and its avid use of the modern image.
The Surrealists found in photography a medium particularly responsive to, and directly inspiring for, their artistic exploration; they used representations of humor, darkness, eroticism, and child-like play to challenge any general experience of “real” life.

The exhibition includes a broad selection of the finest proofs of Man Ray, Hans Bellmer, and Claude Cahun alongside rarely seen images such as those by Dora Maar. The event introduces the public to a series of collages by Paul Eluard, André Breton, Antonin Artaud and Georges Hugnet, the photographic games of Léo Malet and Victor Brauner, and highlights personalities like Artür Harfaux and Benjamin Fondane. Forms include artists' books, advertisements, pictures taken in photo booths and experimentations with solarization and collage, accompanied by Luís Buñuel, Man Ray and Germaine Dulac film shorts.
After Paris, the exhibition will travel to the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland
(February 26th – May 23, 2010) and to the l’Instituto de Cultura/Fundación Mapfre in Madrid (June 16th – September 12, 2010).

September 23, 2009 – January 11, 2010
Place George Pompidou
75004 Paris, France
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