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'Surrealism' and 'European Prints' exhibitions open at UI Museum of
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two exhibitions, "The Spell of Surrealism"
and "European Prints from the First Half of the 20th Century,"
will be on display June 21-Aug. 10 in the University of Iowa Museum of
These prints and other works on paper are gathered from the museum's
"The Spell of Surrealism" reviews the work of the historical
surrealists, a group of artists led by the French poet Andre Breton in
the first half of the 20th century. The surrealists were united by their
interest in psychoanalysis and dreams, and, above all, by a desire to distort
the appearance of conventional reality in their art.
A surprising diversity of styles developed among the surrealists, even
though they formed a highly centralized and discrete movement incorporating
manifestoes, a definable membership and even a leader.
The exhibition features work by Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte
and Joan Miro, as well as later artists who were heavily influenced by
surrealist theories, including Enrico Baj and Robert Motherwell.
"European Prints from the First Half of the 20th Century"
reflects not only the wide range of styles but also the variety of political
agendas that informed European art between the two world wars.
For example, Picasso's "The Dream and Lie of Franco" is a
response to specific historical events, the brutalities of the Spanish
Civil War. On the other hand, Villon's "Cubist Abstraction" responds
to its contemporary political climate by suppressing individual style and
thereby striving toward a universal language of abstraction.
The exhibition also features woodblock prints, drypoint, etching and
lithography by Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Lovis Corinth, Erich Heckel
The two exhibitions were organized by Sarah J. Warren, a curatorial
assistant at the Museum of Art and a graduate student in the UI School
of Art and Art History.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in
UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent
to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.