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In the 1960s Surrealism made a comeback in Europe and the US after being almost entirely ignored through the previous decade, when leading art critics and magazines favoured abstract, minimalist and conceptual art.

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Date 22 March 2019
Time 16:30 - 18:30
Location University Library
Room Venue: UB Doelenzaal

A major exhibition was hosted at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1968: Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage. It is well known that the exhibition was protested by Surrealists and Surrealist sympathizers as a travesty of the movement. Professor Gavin Parkinson, Senior Lecturer in European Modernism at The Courtauld Institute of Art, will discuss this exhibition, among other things, and argue that it was the outcome of a longstanding tendency in US art history to impose upon Surrealist art a sensibility issuing from formalism that it favoured over one issuing from Surrealism that it did not, demonstrating the suppression of the history of Surrealist art by art history.

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This lecture is part of the symposium Surrealism as Art History – Surrealism and Art Theory, 22 and 23 March, at the University of Amsterdam. More info via

The Avenging Archangel
University Library

Room Venue: UB Doelenzaal

Singel 425
1012 WP Amsterdam