[spectre] monstrous, or mythic

Séamas Cain seamascain at gmail.com
Thu Sep 19 19:03:03 CEST 2019


Nashville, Tennessee

monsters & myths, in the 1930s and 1940s

Friday, 21 June 2019 – Sunday, 29 September 2019

Featuring works by poets-and-artists André Masson, Luis Buñuel, Max Ernst,
René Magritte, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Dorothea Tanning, and many more,
this exhibition explores the Surrealists’ portrayals of monsters,
fragmented bodies, and other depictions of the grotesque as metaphors for
the destabilizing consequences of war and psychological fears and fantasies
of unbridled power.

Through 79 objects, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and
periodicals drawn primarily from the collections of The Baltimore Museum of
Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum of Art, MONSTERS & MYTHS highlights the
brilliance and fertility of this period, which arose in response to
Hitler’s rise to power, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II — events
that profoundly challenged the revolutionary hopes that had guided most
Surrealist artists in the 1920s.

The powerfully disturbing images produced during this period were an effort
to engage with psychological forces that propelled history, and the
exhibition may inspire comparisons between the turmoil of the 1930s and
1940s and the political instability of today.

This exhibition was organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art and The
Wadsworth Atheneum of Art.  After Sunday, 29 September 2019, this
exhibition will travel to other Art Museums in North America.


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