Surrealist Influence

The dialogue between Surrealism and design has existed for the past century. Those 100 years of shared ideas forms the basis of a major exhibition at Vitra Design Museum, opening on 28 September. Curated by Dr. Mateo Kries, Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today showcases how this experimental movement continues to greatly influence furniture, graphic design, photography and fashion. 

Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel (1913) and Salvador Dalí’s Lobster Telephone (1936) are just two cornerstone pieces which defined the term from early in its formation. Since then, the fantastical, dreamlike aspects of Surrealism has bled until contemporary pop culture, demonstrated by artists like Björk whose work will be displayed at the exhibition. This appears alongside Gae Aulenti, Achille Castiglioni, Frederick Kiesler and dozens more, demonstrating the true breadth of this avant-garde movement.

Opens 27 September at Vitra Design Museum, Rhein. Find out more here.

Lead image: Vitra Schaudepot, Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany.