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Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams

11 June - 2 October 2011

'Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams' is a ticketed exhibition. For everything you need to know about entry fees, purchasing your tickets in advance online, travel and accommodation packages, and visiting Brisbane visit our Tickets & Packages page.

GoMA is the exclusive Australian venue for 'Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams', a landmark exhibition of surrealist works from the Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

The Musée national d’art moderne, housed in Paris’s iconic Centre Pompidou, is one of the world’s best museum collections of modern and contemporary art. Its Surrealism collections are the finest in Europe — and the core of this collection is coming to GoMA. This exhibition presents more than 180 works by 56 artists, including paintings, sculptures, ‘surrealist objects’, films, photographs, drawings and collages. 'Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams' is an opportunity to see important art works that rarely leave Paris, in an exhibition that will provide a fascinating and comprehensive overview of this important artistic movement.

The exhibition presents a historical overview of Surrealism, charting its evolution from Dada experiments in painting, photography and film, through the metaphysical questioning and exploration of the subconscious in the paintings of Giorgio De Chirico and Max Ernst; to the readymade objects of Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray’s photographs.

Gaining traction in the early 1920s, the movement's development is explored through the writings of Surrealism’s founder André Breton and key early works by André Masson. Also included is a remarkable selection of paintings and sculptures by surrealists Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Victor Brauner, Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti, Max Ernst and Paul Delvaux.

Film and photography are also represented throughout the exhibition, including films by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, René Clair and Man Ray. Important photographic works by Hans Bellmer, Brassaï, Claude Cahun, Dora Maar, Eli Lotar and Jacques-André Boiffard also feature. The exhibition is rounded out with late works that show the breadth of Surrealism’s influence, and includes major works by Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky and Joseph Cornell.

'Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams' will be accompanied by an innovative Children’s Art Centre program, an exciting range of public programs, including talks, discussions and performances, and a full-colour exhibition catalogue. The popular Up Late program will return on Friday nights from July, as well as an amazing film program at the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque.

| Please be advised | ‘Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams’ features works that contain some incidental nudity and moderate violence. These include Luis Buñuel’s and Salvador Dali’s 1929 film Un chien andalou (An Andalusian Dog), which has been rated M, for mature audiences. Adults are requested to use their discretion when accompanied by children.

| Please note | Photography is not permitted inside the exhibition space.

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Centre Pompidou

During its thirty-year existence, the Centre Pompidou has established itself as one of the world’s foremost institutions in the field of modern and contemporary art. With over 60,000 works, the Musée national d’art moderne (France’s national museum of modern art, housed in the building) holds one of the best collections in the world. The Centre is also home to Europe’s largest public reading library, and produces around 25 temporary exhibitions each year, together with its acclaimed programming of performances, film, lectures and talks. The Centre Pompidou enjoys a worldwide reputation for modernity, quality and cultural innovation.

A global public
The Centre Pompidou is the third most visited site in France after the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, and the second most visited museum in the world. It has welcomed almost 200 million visitors since its opening in 1977, including 5.5 million people in 2007 (a 6 per cent increase on 2006), 25 per cent of whom were non- French. The Centre’s temporary exhibitions achieve some of the highest visitor numbers in the world for modern and contemporary art. Exceptionally for a cultural institution, a quarter of visitors are under 25 years old. The Centre continues to uphold its original mission to democratise access to culture, affirming its resolutely popular, anti-elitist approach and striving constantly to reach new audiences through its event programming and development of new projects such as the specially-created Centre Pompidou for teenagers, the Centre Pompidou mobile, and the cyber-Centre Pompidou.

An iconic building
The Centre Pompidou stands in the very heart of Paris, on the Plateau Beaubourg, in one of the most iconic buildings of 20th-century architecture. Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers – both winners of the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s most distinguished award – this bold structure, instantly recognisable with its characteristic multicoloured pipes, has been adopted by visitors and acclaimed all over the world. It offers a variety of different spaces, adapted to the diverse cultural life of the Centre, and showcases magnificent views over Paris.

Exhibition Shop

Visit the ‘Surrealism’ exhibition shop for an exciting array of merchandise items and publications relating to this fascinating and provocative period. Purchase cards, notebooks, magnets and other items featuring key works from the exhibition, as well as a selection of surrealist-inspired merchandise items, and a range of striking books and DVDs on this extremely influential art movement.

Exhibition Cafe

The specially designed Exhibition Cafe, located in the River Room at GoMA, offers a selection of stylish savoury snacks and light meals. Finish with a coffee and a delicious sweet treat. Open daily.

Surrealism High Tea

Take the visual feast that is Surrealism to a different level and indulge in a Surrealism High Tea. $35 per person, including glass of champagne and tea/coffee. Sittings: 10am & 2.30pm daily. Bookings essential, telephone (07) 3842 9916.

Foyer Bistro, GoMA

The Foyer Bistro offers the modern diner an indulgent lunch menu to compliment the Surrealism experience. A lighter menu is also available between 10.00am–12 noon and 2.30–4.00pm. For reservations, telephone (07) 3842 9916.