Dalí, Miró, Breton and Magritte are just some of the artists featuring in a new exhibition in Madrid exploring the connection between the world of dreams and Surrealism.
The show features 163 works on loan from museums, galleries and private collections from around the world.
Curator José Jiménez believes the timing of the exhibition is not random: “Surrealism is currently on people’s minds. Surrealism emerged and developed in times of intense social, political and cultural crisis. And I believe that today, we are going though something similar.”
The aim of the exhibition is to show that surrealism was more than just another artistic movement, but more of an attitude to life that left a profound mark on artistic creation as a whole.
From the outset, the Surrealists focused on dreams, seeing them as fundamental to the liberation of the psyche. Freud’s thinking, in particular his work on the interpretation of dreams, played a crucial role in their approach to dreams.
The exhibition’s curator says the surrealist movement was also a pioneer when it came to modes of representation.
“Surrealism was the first multimedia movement. It used all available media: painting, of course, but also sculpture, drawing, collages, objects and, crucially, film,” said José Jiménez.
The ghostly magic of projected dreams plays a key role in the exhibition. Films by Luis Buñuel and Man Ray flicker to life in dark rooms where visitors are invited to dream side by side.
“Surrealism and the Dream” runs at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum until January 2014.