PEOPLE AND CULTURE
Dennis Keller 23, Sep 17 mins
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art. © Spencer Platt
Following its debut at The Met, the exhibition will travel to the Tate Modern (February 24–August 29, 2022)

Nearly from its inception, Surrealism has had an international scope, but understanding of the movement has come primarily through a Western European orientation. The major exhibition Surrealism Beyond Borders reconsiders the true “movement” of Surrealism beyond boundaries of geography and chronology—presenting it as networks that span Eastern Europe to the Caribbean, Asia to North Africa, and Australia to Latin America. Including examples from almost eight decades, produced across at least 45 countries, the exhibition offers a fresh appraisal of some of the collective concerns and exchanges—as well as historical, national, and local distinctions—that will recast appreciation of this most revolutionary and globe-spanning movement. Surrealism Beyond Borders will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art October 11, 2021, through January 30, 2022.

The exhibition is made possible by the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Placido Arango Fund, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, Alice Cary Brown and W.L. Lyons Brown, the John Pritzker Family Fund, and The International Council of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

It is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Tate Modern.

Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met, said, “Surrealism is an ‘ism’ of the art world that really went global—and its universal and complex artistic language has had a lasting effect on creative imagination and production for decades. While many are familiar with Surrealism, this show is full of surprises and discoveries. Surrealism is often presented as a canonical, monolithic movement, this important exhibition repositions it as something more dynamic and connected that has enabled artists to imagine the world beyond their present artistic, cultural, social, or political situation—and continues to do so today….

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