Art is subjective, but surreal art is usually awe-inspiring, if done right.

Whereas a normal painting might be “amazing” to one person and “bland” to another, surrealism always seems to be…well, surreal.

If you’re in Tokyo now, or plan to go to Tokyo before May 9, and if you consider yourself a fan of surrealism, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

As the Daily Yomiuri Online details, Le Surrealisme: Exposition Organisee par le Centre Pompidou a partir de sa Collection is an exhibit that is currently running at The National Art Center in Tokyo.

The exhibit chronicles some work from the Surrealism movement of the 1920s. As the article mentions,

The Manifesto of Surrealism, issued by Andre Breton in 1924 when he was 28 years old, ignited a revolutionary cultural movement. Under the leadership of the French poet, surrealism flourished in Paris before spreading around the world, affecting visual arts, literature, film and music. Even political thought, philosophy and social theory were affected.

The exhibit contains pieces by famous artists such as Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro, among others.

It also showcases 120 documents, photographs and other materials associated with the movement that flourished until Breton’s death in 1966.

During the height of the Surrealism movement, Ottinger said, Japan was the country that listened most to the voice of the Surrealists. “Japan was among the first countries who listened to the ideas. Many relevant publications were put out in Japan with the support of writers and critics who understood the movement,” he said.

Of course, surrealist artwork is on display at museums and galleries around the world, but this is supposed to be a special exhibit for Japan, as the article states this is the first dedicated Surrealist exhibit to be presented in the country.

If you happen to be in Tokyo before it’s over, go check it out.

For more information regarding this exhibit, visit the exhibit’s Japanese website.


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