The enduring relationship between Surrealism and design has given way to some of the most intriguing objects of the last century, from a hairbrush made with human hair, to Dalí’s Lobster Telephone and Mae West’s Lips sofa.
The exhibition begins with the birth of Surrealism in 1924, journeying right up to the surrealist responses in contemporary art today, spanning a century of curious surrealist objects. It explores the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design, exploring how one of the 20th century’s most influential movements had a major impact on the design industry.
Surrealism inspired designers to question convention, explore the mind and embrace psychology and mysticism, demonstrated through a stunning collection of furniture, fashion, photography and more. Artists and designers on display include surrealist heavyweights Salvador Dalí, Dora Maar and Leonora Carrington alongside contemporary artists and designers such as fashion house Dior and musician Björk.
Uncover the rich history of Surrealism and its fascinating influence on design through a selection of playful objects.