Brussels celebrates 100 years of surrealism with upcoming exhibitions

Brussels arts centre Bozar will celebrate 100 years of surrealism with an exhibition about the movement in Belgium. From 21 February, Histoire de ne pas rire (History of Not Laughing) will give visitors an in-depth look at the genre.

The exhibition's title comes from a book by Belgian poet Paul Nougé. On the heels of the birth of surrealism in Paris, Nougé is considered the instigator of the movement in Belgium, the first country after France to establish a surrealist scene.

Surrealism emerged following World War I, when artists aimed to express the unconscious mind, resulting in illogical or dreamlike ideas. From the 1920s until the 1950s, artists produced painting, writing, theatre, film, music, photography and other media.

Bozar's exhibition will highlight not only the artistic endeavours of surrealist artists but give special focus to their international contacts and political-historical background. Often overlooked, female artists will take centre stage in the array of works.

The Holy Spirit by Belgian surrealist artist Jane Graverol
The Holy Spirit by Belgian surrealist artist Jane Graverol

Work by Paul Nougé, René Magritte, Jane Graverol, Rachel Baes, Salvador Dalí and others will be on ​ display.

Opening the same day is IMAGINE! 100 Years of International Surrealism in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.


Los esfuerzos estériles by Salvador Dalí © PHOTO ALBUM ARCHIVO

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