Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today at Vitra Design Museum

Weil-am-Rhein, Germany | 28 September 2019–19 January 2020.

Tim Marlow, artistic director for London's Royal Academy of Arts, chooses the best exhibitions to see this month, presented by Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

I n Germany, the Vitra Design Museum will be delving into the delightful, confounding, and fantastic world of Surrealism – one of the most influential artistic movements of the 20th century, which took influence from dreams, the ephemeral and the unconscious, and yet heavily influenced material culture from 1930s onwards.

This exhibition will examine the way in which design and Surrealism have stood hand-in-hand by exhibiting Surrealist artworks and design objects alongside each other, illustrating intriguing parallels between the two disciplines. The show will include works by some of the foremost names in art and design from the last century, including Le Corbusier, Gae Aulenti, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Ray Eames, Frederick Kiesler, Carlo Mollino, Man Ray and many others. It looks to be a true celebration of the ubiquitous influence of the fantastical world of Surrealism upon design throughout furniture, interiors, fashion, film and beyond.

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today opens at Vitra Design Museum on 28 September and runs until 19 January 2020.

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