the surreal house

Step inside a labyrinth of chambers, designed by acclaimed young architects Carmody Groarke, and experience The Surreal House – its haunted rooms, delirious forms, blasted architecture and cinematic dreamscapes – featuring a host of artists, architects and film makers including Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Man Ray, Joseph Cornell and Maya Deren through to more contemporary figures, among them; Rebecca Horn, Edward Kienholz and Rem Koolhaas.

At times enchanting, playful and at others, deeply disquieting, The Surreal House is a dwelling that is essentially everything that the rational, functional Modernist house is not.

Talks, performances and artists’ film in the Gallery every Thursday until 10pm.

10 June 2010 – 12 September 2010
Barbican Art Gallery
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS

What is The Surreal House?
Study day with the Open University
11 September 2010
Fountain Room

What is the role and meaning of ‘the house’ in modern and contemporary art, film, architecture and culture? This study day explores issues raised by The Surreal House exhibition currently at Barbican Art Gallery, and considers the role and meanings of the theme of the house in modern and contemporary art, film, architecture and culture. It includes presentations and discussions by curators, art historians and writers.

With Jane Alison, Senior Curator, Barbican Art Gallery; Gill Perry, Professor of Art History, OU; Barry Curtis, Professor of Art History, Royal College of Art; Brian Dillon, UK Editor of Cabinet; Dagmar Weston, Dr of Architectural Theory, Edinburgh University; Krysztof Fijalkowski , Dr of Art History, Norwich School of Art and James Lingwood , CoDirector, Artangel.


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