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Surreal Visions

April 02 through June 05, 2016

In the early 1920s a group of artists and writers in Paris began creating works that aimed to unlock the unconscious and unleash the imagination. Known as Surrealism, the movement was heavily influenced by the thinking of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his contemporaries. Channeling their subconscious through highly symbolic images, Surrealists portrayed dreamlike scenes in order to decode the psyche. Outside of the Surrealism movement, artists continue to this day to produce visions that are odd, humorous, chaotic, or bizarre in order to free hidden thoughts and emotions in order to get at the very essence of experience. Surreal Visions, on view in the Weil Print Study Center, celebrates artists such as Hans Bellmer, Ke Francis, and Conrad Ross, among others, who reveal new worlds by mining the space between reality and imagination.

Betty Ann MacDonald (American, born 1936), Rescue, 2002, drypoint on paper, Gift of the Artist, 2002.17