Smithsonian to host first surrealist sculpture exhibition

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2015-10-02 09:48:28

The Smithsonian is set to host the first major museum exhibition devoted to the history of surrealist sculpture.

'Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York' will showcase more than 120 works including sculptures, photographs, drawings and paintings, dating from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Amongst the exhibits will be rare and important works by the likes of Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Arp, Alberto Giacometti, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and Man Ray.

“Surrealism has long been seen as a movement in painting, drawing and film,” said Melissa Chiu, director of the Hirshhorn. “This exhibition reveals the great breadth and depth of the sculptural work, a vital part of surrealism that continues to be relevant to today’s artists.”

Notable highlights from the exhibition will include Arp’s 'Shirt Front and Fork' (1922); Duchamp’s 'Why Not Sneeze, Rose Sélavy?' (1921); Giacometti’s 'Woman with Her Throat Cut' (1932); Man Ray’s 'Object to be Destroyed' (1933); and Salvador Dalí’s 'Lobster Telephone' (1938).

“This exhibition reveals the totality of surrealist sculpture by highlighting two main approaches,” said Valerie Fletcher, senior curator and the project’s organizer. “Organic abstraction originated in the whimsical reliefs of Jean Arp and inspired many artists, including Henry Moore in Britain, Joan Miró in Spain and Isamu Noguchi in the United States."

"Found-object assemblages, which originated in Marcel Duchamp’s Assisted Readymades, became a surrealist passion. ‘Marvelous Objects’ also unifies into a single narrative the international development of surrealism in Europe and the United States.”

Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York opens at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on October 29, and runs until February 15, 2016.


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