This is the first large-scale exhibition of surrealist Dorothea Tanning's work for 25 years, bringing together 100 works from her seven-decade career, from enigmatic paintings to uncanny sculptures. Included are striking uncanny buildings and interiors. The two girls peeling off the dingy wallpaper to reveal body parts underneath, in Children's Games (1942), and the two girls with a large sunflower in a shabby hotel corridor, in Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1943). And doors, either closed or ajar and open to the imagination. There is a wonderful detailed essay (Dorothea Tanning: Behind the Door, Another Invisible Door) in the catalogue by curator and Cambridge University art historian Alyce Mahon, a specialist in surrealism. The essay describes Tanning being drawn to surrealism after seeing the Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism exhibition at New York's MoMA in 1936, and development then, with paintings, soft body-like sculptures, ballet stage design and costumes, and a very disturbing installation of a hotel room.
From a dreaming perspective, dream content often refers to houses, rooms, even discovering new rooms. See the disturbing Dilapidated House dream in the Gallery on this site, painted in response to a dream told to us at the Freud Museum London. The painting, including the full text of the dream, is the third artwork down on the November 2018 Freud Museum archive here.
In two and a quarter hours on Super Science Sunday at the Waterfront Museum, Swansea, 87 children told us their dreams and we helped each child to paint their dream! A very fun filled and creative event!
This wonderful exhibition, from 7th October 2017 to 3rd January 2018 shows the similarities and differences between these two artistic friends.
Well known, such as ones based on the Mona Lisa, and also lesser known pieces are here.
The King and Queen Surrounded by Swift Nudes, by Marcel Duchamp (1912), has cubist style king and queen, with electrons streaming around them, love and electricity holding them together. An incredible metaphorical image.
Do email us with your favourite dream-related films!
The most intriguing? We suggest Last Year in Marienbad (L'Année dernière à Marienbad, 1961), has she forgotten him, is he lying, is one of them dreaming it? And a weird formal garden and background organ music.
The most fun? We suggest The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T, a 1953 musical fantasy written by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss).
For beauty and also poignancy Akira Kurosawa's (2000) film Dreams has eight vignettes, inspired by his dreams. Vignettes include the foxes' wedding procession, the chopped down peach orchard, the blizzard, the tunnel with march of dead soldiers, the village of the watermills. Incredibly memorable scenes.
From 26th October 2016 to 6th March 2017 Tate Britain showed a major exhibition of the surrealist and war painter, Paul Nash.
The exhibition showed his paintings of trees and gardens at dusk, very atmospheric, then his more surreal and symbolic work, and then the famous war paintings. The latter includes the well-known Totes Meer (Dead Sea) 1940-41, showing the pieces of shot down German plans at a dump near Oxford, looking like the waves of the sea.