Beyond the Lobster: London‘s Design Museum Surveys the Overlooked Impact of Surrealism on 20th- and 21st-Century Design, Adrian Madlener, δημοσίευση Artnet News [29/11/2022]
Harnessing wild apparitions from the primal unconscious, artists like André Breton, Frida Kahlo, and René Magritte sought to distort and counteract the often dark realities of their time. Blending the dream state with the mundane, surrealist writers, painters, photographers, and theater directors employed groundbreaking techniques such as the element of surprise, unexpected juxtaposition, and non sequiturs to challenge convention. Their rejection of traditional structures and celebration of the absurd radically changed how we look at art.
A new exhibition at the Design Museum in London seeks to uncover the movement’s enduring influence on almost every form of object-making. On view until February 19, 2023, “Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today“ brings together 350 examples of surrealist products, functional sculptures, garments, magazine photo campaigns, and architectural spaces. According to the museum’s director, Tim Marlow, designed objects have long served as a readily available resource to surrealist artists, both as physical material and symbolically charged imagery.
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