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OBJETOS DE DESEO. SURREALISMO Y DISEÑO, 1924-2020 (2020)

OBJETOS DE DESEO. SURREALISMO
Y DISEÑO, 1924-2020


BARCELONA
CAIXA FORUM
JUN 01 2020 - SEP 27 2020

After its official introduction in 1924 with the publication of André Breton's Surrealist Manifesto, Surrealism quickly became an international intellectual and political movement whose members came from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, including writing, film and fine arts. Everyday design and objects were a great source of inspiration and played a crucial role in its evolution. Less well known, however, is the decisive impact of surrealism on design, which has played a major role in liberating design from functionalist dogma that "form follows function." In light of the growing criticism directed at rationalist design beginning in the 1930s, and especially after World War II, Surrealism opened up new avenues that addressed emotions, fantasies, fears, and other existential issues.

"Is the decisive impact of surrealism on design, which has played a major role in liberating design from functionalist dogma that form follows function"


The exhibition will shed new light on this fascinating and ongoing creative dialogue, juxtaposing surreal artwork and design pieces to reveal parallels that have rarely been studied. Paintings, sculptures, collectibles, posters, magazines, books and photographs will also be included, as well as historical films. Among the exposed artists are Gae Aulenti, Björk, Claude Cahun, Achille Castiglioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, Isamu Noguchi or Meret Oppenheim, among many others.