Budapest, July 8 (MTI) – The two main movements of 20th-century avant-garde, Dada and Surrealism, are featured at a large-scale exhibition that opened in the Hungarian National Gallery on Wednesday.
The exhibition offers an insight into the evolvement of the movements through more than 100 works by Marcel Duchamp, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Joan Miro and Salvador Dali on loan from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Dada and Surrealism radically renewed the thinking about art, Adina Kamien-Kazhdan, the exhibition’s curator, told MTI. Dada reinterpreted the ordinary object and Surrealism opened up new ways of creating art by expanding the concept of reality, she said.
Artists of these two movements developed novelties such as the photo-montage, collage, assemblage and ready-made which are extensively featured at the Budapest exhibition.
One of the notable pieces on display is a replica Duchamp made of his iconic readymade “Fountain,” the organisers said.
A section of the exhibition shows works by Hungarian artists who sought to relate to these two movements. Another section offers Dada and Surrealist inspired films.
“The three exhibitions offer an excellent opportunity to the Hungarian public to learn through original works and their expert interpretations these two overall influential international movements,” cultural state secretary Peter Hoppal said at the opening.
The Dada and Surrealist collection is one of the Israel Museum’s most popular exhibitions, said James S. Snyder, the museum’s director. Out of the around 1,200 items assembled mostly from donations 120 have been brought to Budapest, he said.
The exhibition in the Gallery in Buda Castle runs until October 8.
Photo: MTI – Zsolt Szigetvary
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