From Magritte to Duchamp, from Paris to Pisa, the best of Surrealism

Palazzo Blu in Pisa will be hosting, from October 11th to February 17th 2019, the exhibition “From Magritte to Duchamp. 1929: the Great Surrealism from the Pompidou Centre”. For the first time, the French centre lends masterpieces that will lead visitors to discover the wonders of the movement that profoundly changed art in the 20th century.

About 90 masterpieces, including paintings, sculptures, items, drawings, collages, installations and autographs, will be arriving in Pisa to display the extraordinary journey of Avant Garde Surrealism. These works have been carefully selected because produced in or around 1929, a fundamental year for the group of artists working in those years in Paris.

1929 was a catastrophic year for economy and International political crisis, but it also turned out to be a decisive turning point in the history of Surrealism. Precisely in 1929 theorist André Breton and the poet Louis Aragon tried to change the movement from its theoretical foundational. This new approach was not completely accepted by all members and seemed to create a fatal fracture within the group itself. Despite these internal lacerations, however, the vitality of the movement remained intact and Surrealist art seemed more than ever to assert itself.

It is thus through the works of masters such as René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Giorgio De Chirico, Alberto Giacometti, Man Ray, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, Pablo Picasso, and many more, that Palazzo Blu and the Pompidou Centre have the goal to present us with the aesthetic visions and interactions of these great surrealist artists.

On display a variety of works of primary importance produced between 1927 and 1935. Amongst them, representing the exhibition itself, is Magritte’s masterpiece entitled “Le Double Secret”. Also on show Magritte’s “Le Modèle Rouge” (1935). Of the various Dalí’s paintings, on display will be his “L’âne pourri” (1928) and “Dormeuse, Cheval, Lion Invisibles” (1930).

The exhibition will be open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and festivities from 10 am to 8 pm. Full ticket costs 12 Euros.

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