Since its creation in 1924, the Surrealist movement sought to invent a mythology of modern times. In the wake of the great poets such as Homer, Virgil and Dante, the surrealists wished to create a mythology of their era, that would reflect its community, history and dreams. Through Giorgio de Chirico, Greek mythology had a profound influence on the early Surrealism and artists such as Salvador Dali, Francis Picabia, Max Ernst. The quest for a modern mythology was at the heart of the surrealism during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Notions of the enchanted city and mad love all contributed to the emergence of the Surrealist myth, which finally appeared in 1938 in the shape of the Grand Transparent, a cosmic messenger between life and death.
Du 21 Mai au 15 Septembre 2021
Mythologies : Surrealism and beyond — Masterpieces from Centre Pompidou
Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, TST