Studio65, „Marilyn” (Bocca), 1970, Gufram, © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Jürgen Hans

Surrealism and design. An exhibition in Weil am Rhein

Surrealism is generally considered to be one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century. The works of surrealists such as Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Meret Oppenheim, or Man Ray also contain numerous references to design objects. From furniture and interiors to fashion and films and even graphic design, these surrealist references have been influencing design since the 1930s. The relationship between surrealism and design was last presented in a major exhibition in the London Victoria & Albert Museum twelve years ago. Now the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein is engaging with the subject through its exhibition Objects of desire. Surrealism and Design 1924 – today, open from 28 September 2019 to 19 January 2020. To highlight the parallels and influences, the works of surrealist artists are juxtaposed with design objects from the past 100 years by Achille Castiglioni, Carlo Mollino, Isamu Noguchi, Front Design, Friedrich Kiesler, Ettore Sottsass and Jerszy Seymour, among others.

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