White Aphrodisiac Telephone
The Trustees of The Edward James Foundation
Characteristics: Synthetic material, telephone
18 x 30, 5 x 12,5 cm
Copyright: Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, DACS, London 2007/photo: V&A Images
Feb. 29, 2008-Sep.7, 2008
Emerging in the 1920s, Surrealism was probably the most influential and groundbreaking artistic movement in the 20th century. Surrealism's concerns and visual strategies quickly challenged and changed the world of art, design, fashion and advertising and nowadays, its influence still continues.
More than 200 objects compose the exhibition Surreal Things, the first to explore the impact of this movement on architecture, design, and the decorative arts. This new approach to Surrealism focuses on the evolution of the movement and shows the artists' commitment and engagement with the wider world of design. It highlights works such as Elsa Schiaparelli's designs, Meret Oppenheim's creations, Giorgio de Chirico's costumes and set designs for Le Bal, ceramics and paintings by Joan Miró and Jean Arp, sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, Alexander Calder's jewelry, tables and chairs by Carlo Mollino. For its presentation in Bilbao, the show will have a spectacular thematically laid out new installation design specially created for the Museum. It will also include a special tribute to two of the foremost figures of Surrealism: Salvador Dalí, whose broad creative output will be highlighted throughout the show, and Peggy Guggenheim, who amassed one of the finest collections of surrealist art the world has ever seen.
Curator: Ghislaine Wood.
Venues: Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam.
For more information please visit: The Guggenheim Museum-Bilbao