The exhibition Surrealism and Magic at the Guggenheim Venice

Max Ernst | Europe after the Rain II

Max Ernst, Europe after the Rain II- 1940-42. Oil on canvas, 54.8 × 147.8 cm. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. Inv. 1942.281 © Max Ernst, by SIAE 2021

THE EXHIBITION SURREALISM AND MAGIC AT THE GUGGENHEIM VENICE

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice presents, from April 9 to September 26, 2022, the exhibition “Surrealism and Magic. Enchanted Modernity”.

The exhibition was to take place in 2021 but the pandemic situation has made it necessary to move the exhibition to 2022 and now it will finally be possible to admire the works of an exhibition that aims to narrate and celebrate Surrealism.

The exhibition Surrealism and Magic

Leonora Carrington | The Pleasures of Dagobert

Leonora Carrington, The Pleasures of Dagobert – 1945
Egg Tempera on Masonite. 74.9 x 86.7 cm. Private Collection © Leonora Carrington, by SIAE 2021

The exhibition is dedicated to Surrealism, the artistic movement that was inspired by magic, mythology and the occult, exploring the unconscious and all aspects that have to do with the irrational.

There are many Surrealist artists who have studied ancient and, in some respects, still mysterious knowledge, who have used magic and the occult to try to see and interpret the world with different eyes.

The Surrealists used esoteric symbols in their works and interpreted the artistic experience as that of an alchemist, a magician or a visionary.
The exhibition, which starts from the Peggy Guggnehim Collection and will continue at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, aims to analyse precisely the role played by magic in the creative process of the Surrealists.

THE WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION SURREALISM AND MAGIC

The exhibition “Surrealism and Magic. Enchanted Modernity” examines the many ways in which magic and the occult have characterised the development of Surrealism at an international level, following the path traced by Giorgio de Chirico’s Metaphysical poetics up to the post-war years.

The works on display belong to important artists of the Surrealist movement such as Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Maya Deren, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, René Magritte, Roberto Matta, Wolfgang Paalen, Kay Sage, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy, Dorothea Tanning and Remedios Varo.

Dorothea Tanning | The Magic Flower Game

Dorothea Tanning. The Magic Flower Game – 1941. Oil on canvas, 91.5 x 43.5 cm. Private Collection, South Dakota © Dorothea Tanning, by SIAE 2021

INFORMATION TO SEE THE EXHIBITION SURREALISM AND MAGIC AT THE GUGGENHEIM VENICE

Surrealism and Magic. Enchanted Modernity
Curated by Gražina Subelytė, Associate Curator, Peggy Guggenheim Collection

9 April – 26 September 2022

The exhibition is organized by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, with the Museum Barberini, Potsdam.

Venues:
The first leg of the exhibition is at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, 9 April-26 September 2022.
The second leg is at the Museum Barberini, Potsdam, 22 October 2022-29 January 2023.

The exhibition is made possible thanks to Manitou Fund.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s exhibition program is supported by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board. Exhibition-related educational programs are made possible thanks to the Araldi Guinetti Foundation, Vaduz. The exhibitions of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are realized with the support of the Institutional Patrons, EFG, Lavazza, Sanlorenzo, and the companies of the Guggenheim Intrapresæ group.

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