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Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams

24 May 2011 | SURREALISM | David Burnett, Curator International Art: Hi Surrealism fans, the next most exciting stage of preparation for ‘Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams’ is underway. The works, couriers, conservators & curators from the Centre Pompidou are beginning to arrive in Brisbane.


This is when detailed condition reporting is carried out on all works. Opening crates & seeing the real works — often for the first time — is quite a thrill. It is extraordinary how one’s impression of certain works changes upon seeing them in reality & reminds us why art museums do what they do. These are objects with incredible histories & stories that reproductions, no matter how good, can ever capture. It is also the time when the story of Surrealism that the curator, Didier Ottinger wants to tell begins to take shape. How particular works are installed, lit & placed in relation to the space & each other is critical in presenting the journey through Surrealism that this exhibition offers.


Lots of other preparations are also underway including the production of wall texts, preparation of public programs, promotion & marketing & education materials. One particular feature of the exhibition that is of interest is the installation & display of a collection of archival texts recently purchased by the Gallery to accompany the exhibition. Surrealism was a very literary movement & journals books, pamphlets & publications were vital in the dissemination of its ideas. Archival editions of the journals ‘La Révolution Surréaliste’, ‘Surréalisme Au Service de La Révolution’ and ‘Minotaure’ & other texts will be displayed to provide an insight to the publishing history of Surrealism.


The next 17 days are going to be frenetic, exhausting, demanding & filled with surprises & we wouldn’t have it any other way. Bring on the dreaming!


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