Exposiciones / Surrealists Before Surrealism: Fantasy and the Fantastical in Prints, Drawing and Photography

04 October, 2013 - 12 January, 2014
Fundación Juan March, Madrid
Curated:
Yasmin Doosry

Following in the wake of the legendary exhibition Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism, organised in 1936 by the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Alfred H. Barr, the show restored the long tradition of subjective art from the late medieval period, through Mannerism and the Baroque, to modernity. By way of a selection of nearly 200 drawings, prints, photographs, books, and magazines it identified the sources from which the early twentieth-century surrealists drew their artistic sensibility and techniques, thus endowing the movement with its own artistic genealogy. When the exhibition was presented at the Fundación Juan March it featured an extensive section devoted to the documentation of surrealism, illustrated with material from the Lafuente Archive including books, programmes, invitations, posters and photographs, among other formats.

 

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