An artistic and literary movement led by French poet André Breton from 1924 through World War II. Drawing on the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud, the Surrealists sought to overthrow what they perceived as the oppressive rationalism of modern society by accessing the sur réalisme (superior reality) of the subconscious. In his 1924 “Surrealist Manifesto,” Breton argued for an uninhibited mode of expression derived from the mind’s involuntary mechanisms, particularly dreams, and called on artists to explore the uncharted depths of the imagination with radical new methods and visual forms. These ranged from abstract “automatic” drawings to hyper-realistic painted scenes inspired by dreams and nightmares to uncanny combinations of materials and objects.
New to MoMA
Leonora Carrington and the Visual Language of Mexican SurrealismTwo new acquisitions display the artist’s interest in the occult.Feb 19, 2020
The Impossible Lesbian Love Object(s)Brenda Shaughnessy gives voice to Meret Oppenheim’s Object.Nov 5, 2019
Surreal SupperA weekly taste of food-inspired works from MoMA's collection.Oct 9, 2019
New to MoMA
Remedios Varo’s The Juggler (The Magician)How will this new addition to MoMA’s collection shake up conversation in the galleries?Jan 18, 2019