Objects of desire. Surrealism and design. 1924-2020


After the publication of André Breton's surrealist Manifesto in 1924, surrealism quickly became an international intellectual and political movement. Design and everyday objects were a great source of inspiration for writers, filmmakers and artists, and had a key role in the evolution of this movement. However, and although it is little known, since World War II, design was also influenced by surealism, largely due to the growing criticism directed at rationalist design, which closed the way to emotions, fantasies, fears and other existential issues. This exhibition of CaixaForum shows us that double direction of influences, that feed-back between surrealism and design, and for this they exhibit surrealist works of art alongside design pieces from the last hundred years.

From Salvador Dalí to Björk

In addition to surrealist works of art and design pieces, the exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, collectibles, posters, magazines, books, photographs and historical films. Among the artists exhibited are Gae Aulenti, Björk, Claude Cahun, Achille Castiglioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, Isamu Noguchi, Meret Oppenheim and many others.