Major Surrealism Exhibition To Open At Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art

artwork: René Magritte - "Les marches de l'été ( The summer steps)", 1938 - Oil on canvas - 60 x 73 cm. - Collection of the Centre Pompidou, in Paris. - Part of "Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams" at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art from June 2011.

Brisbane, Australia (ABC Limelight).- Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art have announced a major new exhibition of Dali, Magritte, Miró, Picasso, Man Ray and other surrealists. “Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams” opens in June and showcases Europe’s most important and extensive collection of surrealist works from the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The Gallery of Modern Art, which opened in December 2006, complements the Queensland Art Gallery building. Situated at Kurilpa Point only 150 metres from the Queensland Art Gallery building, the Gallery of Modern Art focuses on the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Musée National d’Art Moderne, housed in Paris’s iconic Centre Pompidou, is one of the world’s best museum collections of modern and contemporary art. Its Surrealism collections are the finest in Europe — and the core of this collection is coming to the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. This exhibition presents more than 180 works by 56 artists, including paintings, sculptures, ‘surrealist objects’, films, photographs, drawings and collages. ‘Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams’ is an opportunity to see important art works that rarely leave Paris, in an exhibition that will provide a fascinating and comprehensive overview of this important artistic movement.

artwork: Salvador Dalí - "Hallucination partielle: six appatitions de Lénine sur un piano (Partial Hallucination: Six Apparitions of Lenin on a Piano)", 1931 - Oil on canvas 114 x 146 cm. Collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Part of "Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams" at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art from June 2011.

The exhibition presents a historical overview of Surrealism, charting its evolution from Dada experiments in painting, photography and film, through the metaphysical questioning and exploration of the subconscious in the paintings of Giorgio De Chirico and Max Ernst; to the readymade objects of Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray’s photographs. Gaining traction in the early 1920s, the movement’s development is explored through the writings of Surrealism’s founder André Breton and key early works by André Masson. Also included is a remarkable selection of paintings and sculptures by surrealists Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Victor Brauner, Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger and Paul Delvaux.

Film and photography are also represented throughout the exhibition, including films by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, René Clair and Man Ray. Important photographic works by Hans Bellmer, Brassaï, Claude Cahun, Dora Maar, Eli Lotar and Jacques-André Boiffard also feature. The exhibition is rounded out with late works that show the breadth of Surrealism’s influence, and includes major works by Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky and Joseph Cornell. ‘Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams’ will be accompanied by an innovative Children’s Art Centre program, an exciting range of public programs, including talks, discussions and performances, and a full-colour exhibition catalogue. The popular Up Late program will return on Friday nights from July, as well as an amazing film program at the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque.

artwork: Fernand Léger - "Composition aux trois figures", 1932 Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art was briefly closed after the Brisbane floods of January 2011, but reopened in March. In July 2002, Sydney-based company Architectus was commissioned by the Queensland Government following an Architect Selection Competition, to design the Gallery. A main theme of Architectus’s design is a pavilion in the landscape, one which assumes its position as both hub and anchor for this important civic precinct. Critical to this is the building’s response to the site, its natural topography, existing patterns of urban generation, and the river.

The Gallery’s flagship project is the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art series of exhibitions, now a major event on the national and international arts calendar. The expertise developed from staging the Triennial for over a decade has led to the establishment of the Australian Centre of Asia-Pacific Art (ACAPA), to foster alliances, scholarship and publishing, and the formation of an internationally significant collection of art from the Asia-Pacific region. Similarly, the Gallery is committed to profiling Indigenous Australian art and strengthening relationships with Queensland’s Indigenous communities. The Gallery is also recognised as an international leader in presenting innovative museum-based learning programs for children. These programs are coordinated through the Children’s Art Centre. Visit the museum’s website at …