Surrealism and the object

Surréalisme et l'objet

19, rue Beaubourg, Paris, 75004
Admission: EUR 13 (entry to Centre Pompidou, this exhibition is free) 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 03/03/2014
Opening Times
Monday: 1100 - 2100
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 1100 - 2100
Thursday: 1100 - 2300
Friday: 1100 - 2100
Saturday: 1100 - 2100
Sunday: 1100 - 2100
Late opening on Thursdays till 11pm for exhibitions. Closed 1st May, 24th and 31st December.
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If Surrealism was at first a literary movement, experimenting with language free from conscious control, soon it expended to other medium such as plastics arts, photography and cinema.

In art, Surrealism introduced concepts of liberation and psychological techniques to art, and paid homage to Giorgio De Chirico as the founder of the surrealist aesthetic. Automatism would replace the will and the conscious mind.

Brandishing the banner of Surrealism, Breton and his friends asserted their aim of surpassing and reinventing the real. Breton enjoined the Surrealists to found a "physics of poetry". The object, soon to crystallise the thinking of militant Surrealism.

The exhibition show the different aspect of Surrealism focusing on objects. While they took up the ready-made idea in "recycling" everyday items, the first Surrealist objects were also created with collage and the game of the cadavre exquis (the free juxtaposition of heterogeneous elements) practised by the Surrealists since 1925.