Vancouver

Kwakwaka’wakw, Yaxwiwe’ (Peace Dance Headdress), ca. 1922, maple, abalone, paint, cloth, ermine fur, sea-lion whiskers, 8 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 3 1/2".

Kwakwaka’wakw, Yaxwiwe’ (Peace Dance Headdress), ca. 1922, maple, abalone, paint, cloth, ermine fur, sea-lion whiskers, 8 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 3 1/2".

Vancouver

“The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art”

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
May 28–September 25, 2011

Curated by Dawn Ades

In this, the largest Surrealism survey mounted in Canada to date, a diverse assembly of more than three hundred works by some eighty artists aims to illuminate the movement’s revolutionary aspirations. Ceremonial objects and First Nation masks from artists’ collections will promise to demonstrate precisely how the indigenous art of the Pacific Northwest filtered into the movement’s primitivist vocabulary, while documentary photographs by Kurt Seligmann, along with the self-declared “totemic” imagery of artists such as Wolfgang Paalen, will further flesh out Surrealism’s shifting ethnographic interests. In addition to these artifacts, as well as works by more familiar figures—Miró and Masson, Ernst and Dalí—a selection of early silent movies such as F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu will highlight the affinities between popular cinema and Surrealist film. The exhibition’s global scope is anchored by a catalogue striking in its breadth, with more than a dozen essays by preeminent scholars and curators.