Modern Art Miniseries: 14/20


"Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision." — Salvador Dali

Surrealism began as a literary movement started by the French poet Andre Breton in the early twentieth century that gradually spread to the visual arts, including painting and sculpture. It is characterized by dreamy settings and a fascination with the subconscious, like romanticism before it. Surrealism was greatly influenced by Freudian psychology. Surrealism became popular after the Dada movement, and some former Dadaists like Max Ernst also began to experiment with Surrealism. 

The earliest Surrealist artists were Man Ray, Joan Miro, Max Ernst, and Andre Masson, although artists like Salvador Dali (whose work is often referred to as “hand-painted dream photographs” for their fantastic settings and imagery), Yves Tanguy, Paul Klee, and others would also join this movement. (Frida Kahlo is characterized as a Surrealist artist by many scholars and critics, but she did not consider herself one.) 

Surrealism can be further divided into automatism and veristic surrealism. Automatism is the freer and more abstract of the two. Veristic surrealism was more concerned with accurately depicting dream sequences. 

Surrealism is still very popular in museums today, and has had a lasting impact on later art movements like abstract expressionism. (x)

The Treachery of Images (This is not a Pipe), Rene Magritte. 1948. 

The Elephants (detail), Salvador Dali. 1948.

La Fortune, Man Ray. 1938.

Birds also Birds, Fish Snake and Scarecrow, Max Ernst. 1921.

Moses, Frida Kahlo. 1945.

In Frida’s own words, 
"They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.


Citizen, LIGHT is TIME (2014)

"Renowned Japanese watch manufacturer CITIZEN recently unveiled a stunning installation called LIGHT is TIME at Milan Design Week. Displayed in the Triennale di Milano exhibition hall, the spectacular installation consists of 80,000 main plates (the structural bases of watches) suspended from 4,200 metal threads hooked to the ceiling. The result is a truly one-of-a-kind experience for viewers, who are enveloped in a cloud of refracting light, time frozen around them like thousands of golden rain drops." - Jenny Zhang

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being naked, walking barefoot, being underwater and sleeping under the stars are some of the greatest things you can physically feel and you only need your body and nature to feel them and that is important and i think about that a lot.

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