Let us not mince words: the marvellous is always beautiful, anything marvellous is beautiful, in fact only the marvellous is beautiful.
André Breton, Manifesto of Surrealism, 1924
Surreal Encounters: Collecting the Marvellous brings together some of the finest Surrealist works of art from four legendary collections, those of Roland Penrose, Edward James, Gabrielle Keiller and Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch.
The ways that Surrealist art has been collected display many of the idiosyncratic passions of Surrealism itself. This exhibition will examine the different impulses behind these four extraordinary collections presenting a fuller and richer picture of the Surrealist movement as a whole.
Highlights include works such as, Mae West Lips Sofa, 1938 and Lobster telephone by Dalí, Magritte’s La reproduction interdite, 1937, Leonor Fini’s Due Donne, 1939 and Dorothea Tanning’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 1943.
The exhibition is jointly organised by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Hamburger Kunsthalle and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
Supported by Dunard Fund.
Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.
Image: René Magritte, La reproduction interdite (detail), 1937, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015. Photographer: Studio Tromp, Rotterdam.