In collaboration with the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA), this exhibition organised especially for the Hong Kong audience will feature the greatest works by Surrealist artists in the collection of the Centre Pompidou and is curated by the worldwide authority in the field, Didier Ottinger. The curatorial concept illustrates all important stages and aesthetics through the lens of mythologies, a concept that permeates the journey of surrealism.
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.
During World War II, Surrealism turned towards the divinatory aspect of mythology. Exiled in New York, the group deepened its interest in occultism and esotericism. Their discovery of Native American and pre-Columbian civilisations opened up new perspectives.
André Breton, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, Francis Picabia and Max Ernst, etc
Mon -Wed, Fri 10:00am-6:00pm
Sat, Sun and public holiday 10:00am–7:00pm
Closed on Thu (except public holiday )
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Exhibition made possible with major support of
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The Centre Pompidou, the French national cultural institution established in Paris in 1977, incorporates the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which houses the richest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, and one of the two largest in the world. From magnificent historical archives to the newest acquisitions, the collection encompasses the realms of visual arts, photography, new media, graphic arts, experimental cinema, architecture and design. It contains more than 120,000 works and is a genuine reference in 20th and 21st century art.
The Centre Pompidou is a melting pot of art and culture, where visual arts, live performance, cinema music and ideological debate come together. Deeply rooted in the city and wide open to the world and to innovation, the Centre Pompidou examines major societal issues and the ever-changing nature of the modern world through the lens of creativity.
The symbolic building, designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, accommodates a hugely diverse programme covering all disciplines and appealing to all audiences. More than 3.5 million visitors pour through its doors every year to take in the museum collections, temporary exhibitions, seminars, festivals, shows and workshops for young people.
The Centre Pompidou offers a unique form of cultural outreach, true to its spirit of openness and its desire to make culture and design accessible to the broadest possible audience. It also puts on various regional events, in the form of exhibitions, loans or long-term partnerships with local authorities. As part of the network of leading international museums, the Centre Pompidou develops and presents major exhibitions designed to showcase France and illustrate its influence. Renowned around the world for its expertise and know-how, this unique institution, long established in Paris and latterly in Metz, is now also present in Malaga and Brussels, with a Shanghai opening on way.