Apollo Subscribe
Art Diary

Beyond Realism: Dada and Surrealism

21 August 2020

While some museums remain shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that are now reopening as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art boasts one of the finest collections of Dada and Surrealist art in the world, thanks largely to the bequest in 1995 of some 170 works by Gabrielle Keiller, and the acquisition of the archive, library, and more than 30 works from the collection of Roland Penrose. The reopening of the gallery on 24 August offers another chance to see this focused display drawn from its collections, with works by Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and René Magritte, as well as British Surrealists such as Leonora Carrington. Find out more from the National Galleries of Scotland website.

Preview below | View Apollo’s Art Diary here

The Legend of the Centuries (1950), Rene Magritte.

The Legend of the Centuries (1950), René Magritte. National Galleries of Scotland. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2020

Portrait of Max Ernst (c. 1939), Leonora Carrington.

Portrait of Max Ernst (c. 1939), Leonora Carrington. National Galleries of Scotland. © Estate of Leonora Carrington / ARS, NY and DACS, London 2018.

Threatening Weather (1929), Rene Magritte.

Threatening Weather (1929), René Magritte. National Galleries of Scotland. Photo: Antonia Reeve; © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2020

Tableau Vivant (Living Picture) (1954), Dorothea Tanning. National Galleries of Scotland

Tableau Vivant (Living Picture) (1954), Dorothea Tanning. National Galleries of Scotland. © Dorothea Tanning Collection and Archive, New York and DACS, London 2019