Objects of desire. Surrealism and design. 1924-2020
Time Out says
The shadow of surrealism is long and reaches through to the present, bleeding into contemporary art and design, as well as everyday objects. Enter this exhibition, produced by the Vitra Design Museum, which brings together 285 pieces (some from the LaCaixa collection) that demonstrate the exchange and influence of surrealism and design. Says Mateo Kries, curator of the exhibition and co-director of the Vitra Design Museum, 'We wanted to approach a new perspective of surrealism, an idea that was present in the movement such as that of merging life and art, as Duchamp did with the "ready-made".'
Not in chronological order and with a museography that reduces the hierarchy between the art pieces and the more decorative ones, 'Objects of desire. Surrealism and design' is distributed in four areas where topics addressed include fascination with ethnology, sexuality, transgression applied to fashion, film as a vehicle for movement and the role played by women artists. You'll see works from masters of the genre such as Dalí, Man Ray, Le Corbusier, Lee Miller and Meret Oppenheim; worthy successors Carlo Mollino and Piero Fornasetti; and contemporaries Gae Aulenti, Humberto and Fernando Campana, and the Frente Design collective, among others.