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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 35 n°84

‘Memory of a Surreal Journey’, The Art of the Surreal

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 febbraio 2023

London Memory of a Surreal Journey: Property from an Important San Francisco Bay Area Collection’ will be presented across The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale on 28 February and the Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper Sale on 3 March 2023. The pre-sale exhibitions will take place in Hong Kong from 7 to 10 February, and London from 22 to 28 February 2023.– Christie’s will offer ‘Memory of a Surreal Journey: Property from an Important San Francisco Bay Area’, a collection of 25 works dedicated to showcasing the magical interpretations of the world by leading artists of the surrealist movement across Europe, Latin America, and America. The collection was built over more than two decades around a formative trip to Mexico, the country described by André Breton as “the Surrealist place, par excellence”, with a particular lens on female artists; Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, and Stella Snead. Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo will be offered in Christie’s The Art of the Surreal sale platform for the first time, as will work by Gordon Onslow Ford and Wolfgang Paalen. Further highlights include seminal paintings by Óscar Domínguez, André Masson, René Magritte, and Yves Tanguy. The collectors focused their attention on those perceived to be more traditional Surrealists, such as René Magritte, André Masson, and Yves Tanguy, only after acquiring paintings by the Surrealists in exile. Magritte, Masson, and Tanguy all became a later interest with detailed research leading the collectors’ quest to find the finest examples by these artists. Olivier Camu, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s: “It is an honour for Christie’s to have been entrusted with the sale of this extraordinary collection of 25 surrealist works of art. Apart from the quality of each and every work, which is the result of over 20 years of collecting and careful searching for certain artists and for the ‘right’ work, what makes this collection unique is its sheer breadth of vision. Indeed, this wonderful collecting couple has searched across frontiers or ‘beyond borders’ and put together a group of works which includes not only European, but also North and Latin American Surrealism. Another marvellous aspect of this collection is that it includes works by some of the most influential Surrealist women artists, including Varo, Carrington, Tanning, and Fini. Many international exhibitions have recently focused on new interpretations of surrealism and have rightly highlighted the pioneering females of the movement. These include ‘Surrealism Beyond Borders’ at the Metropolitan Museum, New York and Tate Modern, London; ‘Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity’ at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and of course, the title of the Venice Biennale in 2022, which directly referenced Leonora Carrington’s children’s book ‘The Milk of Dreams’. It is within this art historical zeitgeist that this distinguished collection sits. It is likely to draw global interest, and highlights our position in the market as the only house to offer a dedicated Surreal sale in London, now in its 22nd year.”


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