Surreal nice to have you here

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From June 11th to the October 2nd Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art will showcase ‘Surrealism: The Poetry Of Dreams’. And a dream come true it’ll be for most art enthusiasts. The cultural mecca of surrealist art is the superb Musée National d’Art Moderne located in Centre Pompidou, Paris. The Musée has graciously loaned 189 (we know, why didn’t they just make it 190) of its core surrealist collection including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs and films by 56 prominent artists to the Brisbane Gallery, which is sure to be grateful as the likes of such a loan are unparalleled. The only other time these works were shared internationally was for the National Art Centre in Tokyo. Gallery goers will get to share in the beauty, absurdity, and deliberate irony of such masterpieces as Victor Brauner’s Luop-table, which combines the taxidermied body parts of a fox with, well, a table, to create what some see as political message about animal rights; and Alberto Giacometti’sLa table surréaliste’ which is so precise in its bronze casting so as to emulate dark wood that it actually looks like the latter at a glance. Ah, those tricky surrealists.


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Pictured above, Victor Brauner’s Loup-table (Wolf-table) 1939, 1947 (wood and taxidermied fox, donation of Jacqueline Victor-Brauner 1982, collection: Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris © Victor Brauner/ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2011; and Alberto Giacometti’s ‘La table surréaliste’ (Surrealist table) 1933, bronze cast 1969, unique edition cast at the request of the MNAM in 1969, after the original plaster of 1933, collection: Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris © Alberto Giacometti/ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2011.