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Surrealism in American Art

90 min visit

Center of the Old Charity
19 May → 26 Sep 2021
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm. Closed on Monday

« A new exhibition highlighting the importance of the city of Marseille in the construction of one of the most important movements in the history of contemporary art! »

Surrealism, an artistic movement of the mid-twentieth century, helps thought to break free from the control that is exercised over it. The unconscious is emancipated, dreams invade the mind and automatism is the main way of expression. It is a major movement in the history of art, especially in the United States, where it was very successful between the 1940s and 1970s. The aim of this exhibition is to show the major places that enabled the creation of links between Europe and the United States - Marseille is one of them! Indeed, it is a city that not only welcomed many American surrealist artists but also inspired them. Works by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Joseph Cornell, Jasper Johns, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Dorothea Tanning, Helen Frankenthaler and Louise Bourgeois are exhibited alongside those of Max Ernst, Salvador Dali and André Breton, the father of Surrealism in 1924. Some of these works have never been exhibited in Europe. In parallel to the exhibition and as part of the 26th edition of Ciné Plein Marseille, two films will be screened on Thursday 22 July and Friday 20 August: respectively, "Man on the Moon" by Milos Forman (1999) and "Frida" by Julie Taymor (2002).


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