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Dada and Surrealism at Vittoriano

  • 09

    October 2009
  • 07

    February 2010
The Vittoriano Monument Complex, Rome  

Beginning October 9, 2009, the Vittoriano Complex in Rome will host one of the largest exhibitions ever held on Dada and Surrealism, curated by the art historian, essayist, poet and philosopher Arturo Schwarz.

More than 500 works - including oil paintings, sculptures, ready-mades, assemblages, collages and drawings - will reveal the origins and evolution of the movements, and expose the individual contributions of those whose personal journeys and influence created art to incorporate their ethical and aesthetic values. The exhibition is a must-see tribute to the forerunners of Dada and Surrealism, including Chagall, De Chirico, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Klee, Klinger, Moreau and Munch. A section of nearly three hundred Dada and Surrealist periodicals and documents complete the review.

There remains a strong interest in Dada and Surrealism, two of the most disruptive and iconoclastic avant-garde movements of the 1900s, which long continued to wield a formidable degree of influence. Curator Schwarz's explains the title of the exhibition, "Dada and Surrealism Rediscovered," (Dada e surrealismo riscoperti) as follows: the exhibition hosted at the Vittoriano seeks to offer a comprehensive overview of these two movements, not only in the artistic sense but also in their shared purpose of social renewal, albeit with different means. Dada was a "revolt for revolt's sake," characterized by a complete rejection of all values, while Surrealism committed and aligned itself with radical engagement.


Prestigious private collections and major museums around the world that have supported this ambitious project include the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome, the Center Pompidou in Paris, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Foundation Arp in Clamart.


The exhibition is made possible due to the collaboration of a prestigious scientific committee composed of, among others, Michael R. Taylor, Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Laurent Le Bon, Director of the Center Pompidou-Metz and Curator of the Musee National d'Art Moderne, Center Pompidou.



(photo: poster exhibition)




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