Surrealism was one of the most radical movements of the twentieth century. Founded by the poet André Breton in 1924, it was both a literary and artistic movement which sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art owns a world-class collection of surrealist art and in addition rare illustrated books, catalogues, manuscripts and journals by surrealist artists. This is all thanks to the acquisition of part of the Roland Penrose Collection and Archive, and to the Gabrielle Keiller bequest of 1995.
This feature focuses on surrealist art and artists including Magritte, Duchamp and Dalí. It also shows highlights from the outstanding Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art collection and provides an introduction to its history.