Surrealism and magic: an enchanted modernity

Exhibition April 9 − September 26, 2022
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice hosts large-scale exhibition "Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity".

Among the many great artists on display are Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux, Maya Derain, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Rene Magritte, Maria Martins, Roberto Matta, Wolfgang Paalen, Kay Sage, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy, Dorothea Tanning and Remedios Varo.

Like no other movement in the 20th century, Surrealism was inspired by the tropes of magic, myth, and the occult. In their interaction with the irrational and the unconscious, many of its members viewed magic as a poetic and deeply philosophical discourse associated with both secret knowledge and individual self-expression. Over the past two decades, various studies have greatly expanded our understanding of magic as a key aspect of the work of the Surrealist group. In their works, artists associated with the movement relied heavily on esoteric symbols and cultivated the image of the artist as an alchemist, magician and seer. The exhibition explores the myriad ways in which magic and the occult influenced the development of surrealism from an international perspective, tracing its artistic trajectory from the "metaphysical paintings" of Giorgio de Chirico to the politically controversial atmosphere of the post-war years.

Based on site materials Peggy Guggenheim Collections, Venice.