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Presented in association with private dealer, Timothy Baum, and paralleling the exhibition Surrealism: Desire Unbound at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Behind the Surrealist Curtain explores Surrealism’s erotic side. Influenced by the Freudian notion that sexual instinct was fundamental to the development of the psyche, the Surrealists saw erotic desire as important to self-awareness and the representation of desire as a vehicle to tap into or reflect the sub- and unconscious. No subject matter was too extreme to be excluded, censored or ignored by the Surrealists. In their investigation of dreams, the various states of consciousness, and the libido, they drew little distinction between private and public domains. In presenting works from the first historical art movement to address pointedly the subject of erotic desire (certain of the works are, in fact, sexually explicit), this exhibition raised issues that remain at the fore of consideration in contemporary art and culture.

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Behind the Surrealist Curtain: Sex, Sensuality and Silence

Werke von Hans Bellmer, Victor Brauner, Joseph Cornell, Oscar Dominguez, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, David Hare, Georges Hugnet, Valentine Hugo, Marcel Jean, René Magritte, Marcel Marien, André Masson, Roberto Matta, Pablo Picasso, Angel Planells, Man Ray, Kurt Seligmann, Jindrich Styrsky, Dorothea Tanning, Raoul Ubac, Laurence Vail