’Mask, yup’ik’, early 20th century

’Mask, yup’ik’, early 20th century








Miró, head of a catalan peasant_1925

Joan Miró, Head of a Catalan Peasant, 1925




‘The Exotic in Surrealism’ is the first major show to explore the Surrealists’ relationship with non-Western cultures and to provide an unparalleled insight into the aesthetic worlds of the Surrealists and their passion for the exotic.


Conceived in the spirit of and around the famous historical Surrealist exhibitions of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s with their combination of Western and non-Western arts, this exhibition does not concentrate on the formal affinities but focuses on the Surrealists’ fascination with non-Western arts as a mysterious resource to subvert and redefine not only the European notion of art but also the European worldview in general.