New A.G.O. Exhibit Explores the Impact of Surrealism

By Susan O'Neill May 6, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

Salvador Dali's "Ruby Lips" brooch

© Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/SODRAC (2009)

On Saturday, the Art Gallery of Ontario unveils a new show entitled “Surreal Things"—an exhibit organized by London's Victoria and Albert Museum that examines the influence of Surrealism on the fields of design, fashion, advertising, architecture, film, and theatre. The exhibition, which includes more than 180 items and features the work of artists such as Salvador Dali and Meret Oppenheim, is divided into five themes—Protest: the Ballet, Surrealism and the Object, the Illusory Interior, Nature Made Strange, and Displaying the Body. The show, which makes its only Canadian stop at the A.G.O., includes various mediums such as painting, sculpture, architecture, works on paper, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, furniture, fashion, film, and photography. Admission for corporate groups (of 15 or more) is $14.40 per person, which includes access to the entire gallery. Guided audio tours of the show are available at an additional cost of $5 each. The exhibit runs through August 30.

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