Surrealists before Surrealism: Fantasy and the Fantastic in Prints, Drawings and Photography

4 Oct 2013 - 12 Jan 2014
Fundación Juan March, Madrid
Curated by:
Yasmin Doosry

Produced in collaboration with Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, where it was on show from October 25th, 2012 to February 3rd, 2013.

Following the trail of the legendary exhibition Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism, organized in 1936 by the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Alfred H. Barr, this display recovered the long tradition of subjective art from the late medieval period, through Mannerism and the Baroque, to modernity. Showing a selection of nearly two hundred drawings, prints, photographs, books, and other publications it identified the sources from which the early 20th century Surrealists drew their artistic sensibility and techniques, thus endowing the movement with its own artistic genealogy. When the exhibition was presented in the Fundación Juan March it featured an extensive section devoted to the documentation of Surrealism, illustrated with material from the Lafuente Archive which included books, programs, invitations, posters and photographs, among other formats.