Surrealism Beyond Borders Stephanie D'Alessandro, Matthew Gale

Publication date:
26 Oct 2021
Metropolitan Museum of Art
384 pages: 305 x 229mm
340 color illus.
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A completely new way of looking at and understanding Surrealism, with a focus on the worldwide sweep of the movement

This groundbreaking book challenges conventional narratives of Surrealism, tracing its impact and legacy from the 1920s to the late 1970s in places as diverse as Colombia, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Romania, Syria, Thailand, and Turkey. In doing so, it presents a more inclusive and accurate understanding of the fundamentally international character and lasting significance of the revolutionary artistic, literary, and philosophical movement. Vibrantly illustrated with more than 300 works of art by both well-known figures—including Dalí, Ernst, Kahlo, Magritte, and Miró—and numerous underrepresented artists, this expansive book pushes beyond the borders of history, geography, and nationality to provocatively redraw the map of the Surrealist movement, investigating how its visual languages, ideals, theories, and practices were framed or reframed in contexts far from its Parisian origins. Contributions from more than 40 distinguished international scholars explore themes such as the channels used to transmit ideas; artists’ responses to the challenges of political oppression, social unrest, and the effects of colonialism; and experiences of displacement and exile in the twentieth century. 

Stephanie D’Alessandro is the Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art and senior research coordinator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Matthew Gale is curator of modern art and head of displays at Tate Modern, London.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(October 4, 2021–January 30, 2022)

Tate Modern, London
(February 25–August 29, 2022)