Surrealism and Beyond, Poetry and Dream curated by Matthew Gale Analysis
Surrealism is an Art Movement which came to prominence in the 1920s, key characteristics includes surrealist artists focusing on the dormant creative impulses that are uncensored in the unconsciousness of the human mind. They saw dreams as a way of displaying their inner most desires however irrational and complex, these through the artist’s vision could then be represented through visual form whether that be 3-Dimensional or not. Surrealism does not fit in to any particular style as each artist had a individualistic way of portraying the imagery of their dreams, the themes were mainly premeditated and open to intangible and abstract associations.
The current exhibition within the ‘Gottesman Gallery’ of the Tate Modern in London named ‘Surrealism & Beyond, Poetry & Dream’ was curated by Matthew Gale and showcases an extremely broad range of surrealist works. Unlike conventionally curated rooms which generally stick to the constraints of having pieces of work placed individually and centred, this room captures the surrealist nature and essence of the works content. The walls are laid out to guide the viewer along in a disconcerting manner, the pieces are placed high and low enabling the viewer’s eye to flow from one piece to the next. This juxtaposition and contrast of the pieces positioning is powerful in the way it expresses an art movement and the works it has proceeded to influence. A variety of mediums of art are represented from a naturally abstract but beautifully crafted oil painting by ‘Salvador Dali’ to an unusual and intriguing ‘Giacometti’ bronze sculpture. The initial reaction the room emits to the viewer is chaotic, over-whelming, absorbing but also collective. No piece looks out of place although none of the works appear to primarily correspond with one another they do because of their extreme nature.
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