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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : International Surrealism

Today we arrive Tate Modern – International Surrealism, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

Surrealism was a visual and literary movement that developed in Europe around the 20s. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Metamorphosis of Narcissus, 1937, by Salvador Dalí
2. Celebes, 1921, by Max Ernst
3. Painting, 1927, by Joan Miró

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • This gallery features works by some of the most famous Surrealist painters including Dalí, Picasso, Magritte and Tanguy.
  • The First Manifesto of Surrealism was published by André Breton in 1924 in Paris.
  • The Surrealists were inspired by the writings of famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and used these as their inspiration in creating art.
  • Artists associated with this style did not look outward in nature or their surroundings while creating art. Instead they used Freud’s findings to look inward – into their own subconscious.
  • Dreams, desires, emotions, thoughts and ‘hallucinations’ played an important role for these artists. These were their sources of inspiration. For them, their mind showed them the artwork before their hands created it.

A Final Thought : on Surrealism

The Surrealist movement was a kind of turning point in the history of art. It was the first time that artists looked to their own dreams and perceptions of reality to create art. Their art was strange – they often juxtaposed unrelated scenes and objects that gave viewers an odd sense of familiarity. Surrealism inspired many other art movements in the following decades – one of the significant ones being Dada. One can see the early beginnings of Contemporary art in this Modernist movement.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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