Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s
Oliver Shell, associate curator of European art, The Baltimore Museum of Art
Curator Oliver Shell will give a talk and exhibition tour on the BMA’s current exhibit “Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s”. Nearly 90 Surrealist masterworks of the 1930s and 1940s by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst and André Masson are presented through a timely lens—that of war, violence, and exile. Despite the political and personal turmoil brought on by the Spanish Civil War and World War II, avant-garde artists in Europe and those who sought refuge in the United States pushed themselves to create some of the most potent and striking images of the Surrealist movement. Monstrosities in the real world bred monsters in paintings and sculpture, on film, and in the pages of journals and artists’ books, resulting in a period of extraordinary creativity.
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