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Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design
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29 March – 22 July 2007

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While many exhibitions have explored Surrealism as a movement in literature and the fine arts, Surreal Things will be the first to examine its impact on architecture, design and the decorative arts. It will present a new approach to the subject, focusing on the creation of surrealist objects, whether unique works of art or examples of modern design.

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Elsa Schiaparelli
'Tear' Evening Dress
1938
Fabric designed by Salvador Dalí. Viscose rayon and silk blend
Dress: h. 145 cm, Veil 110.5 cm.
V&A: T.393-1974
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The motif of torn dress or flesh first appeared in Dalí's 1936 painting 'Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in Their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra'. Schiaparelli's interpretation of this motif combined the illusory and the real. The fabric was printed with a l'oeil pattern of torn flesh, while the tears on the mantle were appliquéd. Pale strips of fabric peel back to reveal a livid pink beneath.

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Model wearing Vionnet evening gown with wheelbarrow by Oscar Dominguez
1937
Gelatin silver print
Copyright © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2006

Man Ray's photograph of a model wearing a Vionnet evening gown reclining in the Dominguez' wheelbarrow contributed to the lasting fame of the wheelbarrow. Crucially, it also helped to cement the association of Surrealist objects with glamour and fashion.


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Eileen Agar
Ceremonial Hat for Eating Bouillabase
1936
Wood, plastic, shells
34 x 50 x 23 cm.
V&A: T.168-1993
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In 1935 Agar met Paul Nash in Swanage and they developed a shared interest in the objet trouvé or 'found object'. She wrote of this hat; 'It consisted of a cork basket picked up in St Tropez and painted blue, which I covered with fishnet, a lobster's tail, starfish and other marine objects. It was a sort of Arcimboldo headgear for the fashion-conscious.'

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Salvador Dalí
Ruby Lips Brooch
1949
18-carat yellow gold, natural rubies, pearls
3.2 x 4.8 x 1.5 cm.
Primavera Gallery, New York
Copyright © Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, DACS, London 2007

Dalí wrote of this piece, 'Poets of all ages, of all lands, write of ruby lips and teeth like pearls. It remained for Dalí to translate this poetic cliché into a true Surrealist object'. The use of rubies for lips creates a tension between the sensuality of flesh and the hard allure of precious stones. The transposition of the lips from the mouth to the body accentuates the idea of fetishisation.

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i heart dali! genious...

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Thank you Dos! Wonderful thread idea. I like Dalì and Magritte a lot.

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Marvelous!.
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Thanks for making this thread! I'd love to see more examples!

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Karma to you DosViolines. I have never seen that Schiaparelli dress before, it's 'mantle' is beautiful. Thank you for starting this thread.

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thank you for this thread. surrealism is one of my favorite art movements and i love to see it translated to fashion

At the Rene Magritte Exhibit at the LACMA, they had a perfume bottle for Schiaparelli by Magritte that was, of course, a pipe. I looked all over the internet for a picture of it after seeing the exhibit, but couldnt find one.

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thank you for this thread. surrealism is one of my favorite art movements and i love to see it translated to fashion
Me too

Some Dali works:

Swans reflecting elephants (one of my favorites, I have this poster up in my dorm)


Fried egg on a plate without the plate (i'm pretty sure this is a close-up of the painting though)


The Enigma of Hitler


Dali also has a lot of interesting sculptures, here's one of them

Lady with drawers as coffee-table

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all other pics from abcgallery.com

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Yves Tanguy:

Tomorrow Demain


Indefinite Divisibility

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Rene Magritte:

The Voice of the Winds


Collective Invention


The Human Condition


(all uncredited pics are from abcgallery.com)

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My favourite from Magritte.
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