Surreal Encounters: Collecting the Marvellous

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'Surreal Encounters: Collecting the Marvellous' provides an exceptional overview of Surrealism, bringing together important works by artists including Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte and Joan Miro. The essays, written by leading scholars such as Dawn Ades and Elizabeth Cowling, provide an insight into the way that four key collections of surrealist art were formed and the motivations behind their creation. It is not surprising that the ways in which surrealist art has been collected display many of the idiosynchratic passions of Surrealism itself. The four collections shown in this book - those formed by Roland Penrose, Edward James, Gabrielle Keiller, and Ula and Heiner Pietzsch - have different origins, trajectories, and historical contexts and come out of different creative urges. When these four collections are brought together, they create a many-faceted glimpse of the 'marvellous', which Andre Breton, the chief theorist of the movement, defined in his first surrealist manifesto of 1924 as follows: 'The marvellous is always beautiful, anything marvellous is beautiful, in fact only the marvellous is beautiful.' Paperback, 264 pages, National Galleries of Scotland publication.

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