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Surrealism: Desire Unbound, First Major Exhibition of International Surrealism in More Than Twenty Years, Documents Revolutionary Movement That Openly Addressed Sexuality in Art

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an unwavering belief that love, desire, and freedom of the imagination were the salvation of humanity,
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The Surrealists aimed to liberate the human imagination through an aesthetic investigation of desire—the authentic voice, they believed, of the inner self and the impulse behind love.
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Duchamp
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express desire
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Press Exhibitions News General Information Press Images Press Account FAQs for Media Contact Us Search the Press Room Surrealism: Desire Unbound, First Major Exhibition of International Surrealism in More Than Twenty Years, Documents Revolutionary Movement That Openly Addressed Sexuality in Art Exhibition Dates: February 6 – May 12, 2002 Exhibition Location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Second Floor Press Preview: Monday, February 4, 10 a.m.—noon One of the most extraordinary artistic and intellectual movements of the 20th century will be explored in Surrealism: Desire Unbound, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art February 6 through May 12, 2002. More than 300 works including paintings, sculpture, photographs, films, poems, manuscripts, and books will explore the first major artistic movement to address openly the topics of love, desire, and various aspects of sexuality. The exhibition has been organized by Tate Modern, London. "Guided by an unwavering belief that love, desire, and freedom of the imagination were the salvation of humanity, the Surrealist vision was expressed in some of the most provocative works of art of the 20th century," commented Philippe de Montebello, Director. "This is a groundbreaking exhibition that may both challenge and delight the visitor by the breadth, richness, and frankness of its images." Surrealism embraced not only art and literature, but also psychoanalysis, philosophy, and politics. The Surrealists aimed to liberate the human imagination through an aesthetic investigation of desire—the authentic voice, they believed, of the inner self and the impulse behind love. Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), one of the movement's earliest precursors as well as one of its first proponents, initially reflected on how to express desire in art around 1912, and throughout his career he continued to make ero
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Press Exhibitions News General Information Press Images Press Account FAQs for Media Contact Us Search the Press Room Surrealism: Desire Unbound, First Major Exhibition of International Surrealism in More Than Twenty Years, Documents Revolutionary Movement That Openly Addressed Sexuality in Art Exhibition Dates: February 6 – May 12, 2002 Exhibition Location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Second Floor Press Preview: Monday, February 4, 10 a.m.—noon One of the most extraordinary artistic and intellectual movements of the 20th century will be explored in Surrealism: Desire Unbound, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art February 6 through May 12, 2002. More than 300 works including paintings, sculpture, photographs, films, poems, manuscripts, and books will explore the first major artistic movement to address openly the topics of love, desire, and various aspects of sexuality. The exhibition has been organized by Tate Modern, London. "Guided by an unwavering belief that love, desire, and freedom of the imagination were the salvation of humanity, the Surrealist vision was expressed in some of the most provocative works of art of the 20th century," commented Philippe de Montebello, Director. "This is a groundbreaking exhibition that may both challenge and delight the visitor by the breadth, richness, and frankness of its images." Surrealism embraced not only art and literature, but also psychoanalysis, philosophy, and politics. The Surrealists aimed to liberate the human imagination through an aesthetic investigation of desire—the authentic voice, they believed, of the inner self and the impulse behind love. Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), one of the movement's earliest precursors as well as one of its first proponents, initially reflected on how to express desire in art around 1912, and throughout his career he continued to make eroticism t
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eroticism the central them
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. Giorgio de Chirico
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regarded as a precursor of the movement. The focus on dreams and desire reflected
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The Invisible Object encapsulates the dynamics of the Surrealist encounter—the desire to love and be loved, the potential prelude to amorous and erotic experience, the impulse to make contact and at the same time maintain distance.
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Rení Magritte
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The Robing of the Bride
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couple floating in mid-air, suggests inexplicable ritual and alchemistic design that both generates and suppresses eroticism.
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a key Surrealist wor
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ambiguous sexuality
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Hans Bellmer
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