Frankfurt

Salvador Dalí, Aphrodisiac Telephone, 1936, mixed media, 7 x 4 7/8 x 12". From “Surreal Objects: Three-Dimensional Works from Dali to Man Ray.” © Fundació Gala-Salvador Dali/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Salvador Dalí, Aphrodisiac Telephone, 1936, mixed media, 7 x 4 7/8 x 12". From “Surreal Objects: Three-Dimensional Works from Dali to Man Ray.” © Fundació Gala-Salvador Dali/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Frankfurt

Surreal Objects

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Römerberg
July 25, 2013–May 29, 2011

Curated by Ingrid Pfeiffer

From the foundational penchant for objective chance to Breton’s inquiries into the “situation of the object,” the thing stood as Surrealism’s nexus of materiality and metaphysics, the empirical and the erotic. Comprising roughly 180 pieces, “Surreal Objects: Three-Dimensional Works from Dalí to Man Ray” features Man Ray’s literally rebarbative Gift, 1920/1961, and Dalí’s more anodyne lobster-handled Aphrodisiac Telephone, 1936. Alongside fur-lined crowd-pleasers, notable works often given short shrift—such as Ángel Ferrant’s sculpture and Dorothea Tanning’s soft constructions—also get their due here. How the exhibition will compare to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s design-focused “Surreal Things,” mounted in 2007, remains to be seen; the Schirn promises a broader spectrum of objecthood and its interstices, and consideration of these in the context of later Surrealist theory—a welcome prospect indeed.