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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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Dance or Die: From Stateless Refugee to International Ballet Star: A Memoir

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The Pere Marquette Council 271 baseball team of Boston, Mass., 1915. © Knights of Columbus
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Knights of Columbus Baseball: An American Story premiering October 1, 2021

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Nerio (active late 13th and early 14th centuries). © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Rogers Fund, 12.56.1
Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City November 5, 2021-January 30, 2022
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The Frist Art Museum presents Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City, the first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus on medieval art made in the prosperous northern Italian city of Bologna. Conceived and organized by Frist Art Museum senior curator Trinita Kennedy, the exhibition of illuminated manuscripts, paintings, and sculptures will be on view in the Frist’s Upper-Level Galleries from November 5, 2021, through January 30, 2022.

The nearly 70 objects in the exhibition span from 1230 to 1400, from the first great flowering of manuscript illumination in Bologna to the beginnings of the construction and decoration of the ambitious Basilica of San Petronio in the city’s Piazza Maggiore. On view will be many illuminated law textbooks, which are fascinating for their distinctive page layouts and iconography as well as their notable size and heft. The works are drawn primarily from American libraries, museums, and private collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Library of Congress, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the New York Public Library, and Princeton University Library. Loans are also being sought from the Museo Civico Medievale in Bologna.

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Set upon a world lit-up with towering luminous sculptures, The LuminoCity Festival will take you to dazzling new worlds. © LuminoCity Festival
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