This landmark exhibition charts Surrealism’s global reach, revealing a movement shared by artists around the world for over half a century.
Exhibitions concentrating on surrealism often focus on the origins of the art movement, from French avant-garde poet Guillaume Apollinaire first coining the term in 1917, to writer André Bréton’s definition in his Surrealist Manifesto in 1924. This new retrospective at Tate Modern vastly expands on this Western European-concentric attention, based mainly around Paris in the 1920s, to chart the movement’s influence internationally and over a 50 year period.
Spanning half a century, Surrealism Beyond Borders showcases artists from Eastern Europe to the Caribbean, Asia to North Africa and Australia to Latin America who were united by the movement’s ideas. Sourced from around the world, the work on display returns again and again to surrealism’s subversion of reality, its humour, its uncanny expression and its power in the fight for political, social and personal freedoms – revealing the overlaps, relays and exchange between diverse artistic practices from around the world.
One of the few art movements to truly go global, surrealism is explored here as a universal and complicated creative language, with historical, national and local differences. This broadened scope properly captures a movement that began in Paris, but had a lasting effect on humanity’s creative imagination.