Objects of Desire
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»Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today«
28.09.2019 – 19.01.2020 at Vitra Design Museum

Surrealism was one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century. Everyday objects played a central role in its dreamlike imagery: they were alienated, ironized, or combined to create curious hybrids. This led to the creation of numerous key works of modern art, from Marcel Duchamp’s »Bicycle Wheel« (1913) to Salvador Dalí’s »Lobster Telephone« (1936).

In reverse, Surrealism also exerted a decisive influence on the evolution of design. On 28 September 2019 the Vitra Design Museum will open a major exhibition that offers a comprehensive look at the dialogue between Surrealism and design. For the first time, it will unveil the extent to which Surrealism has influenced design of the past 100 years – from furniture and interiors to graphic design, fashion, and photography.

The exhibition will include works by Gae Aulenti, BLESS, Achille Castiglioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, Dunne & Raby, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Ray Eames, Front, Frederick Kiesler, Shiro Kuramata, René Magritte, Carlo Mollino, Isamu Noguchi, Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray, Iris van Herpen, and many others.
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Installation view »Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today« © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Ludger Paffrath
Model wearing Madeleine Vionnet evening gown with Brouette by Oscar Dominguez, 1937, photographed by Man Ray. Man Ray Photo Library/Telimage, Paris, copyright for the works of Man Ray: © Man Ray Trust, Paris/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Victor Brauner, Espace psychologique, 1939 © akg-images, copyright for the works of Victor Brauner: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Salvador Dalí, Giant Flying Mocha Cup with an Inexplicable Five Metre Appendage, 1944/45 © akg-images, copyright for the works of Salvador Dalí: © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Salvador Dalí, Mae West’s Face which May be Used as a Surrealist Apartment, 1934/35 © bpk/The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY, copyright for the works of Salvador Dalí: © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/VG Bild- Kunst, Bonn 2019
Bocca (Sofa), 1970 © Gufram/Studio65, photo: Jürgen HANS © Vitra Design Museum
Meret Oppenheim, Gloves (Parkett Edition, no. 116/150), 1985 Courtesy of Ursula Krinzinger, photo: Jasha Greenberg, copyright for the works of Meret Oppenheim: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Yves Tanguy, La splendeur semblable, 1930 Kunstmuseum Basel, photo: Martin P. Bühler, copyright for the works of Yves Tanguy: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Aldo Tura, La pipa, c. 1960 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Andreas Sütterlin
Gala Dalí wearing Elsa Schiaparelli’s Shoe Hat, 1938 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala- Salvador Dalí, photo: André Caillet/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Meret Oppenheim, Table with Bird’s Feet, 1939 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Andreas Sütterlin, copyright for the works of Meret Oppenheim: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Marcel Duchamp, Roue de bicyclette, 1913 (1951) © 2019. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence, copyright for the works of Marcel Duchamp: © Association Marcel Duchamp/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Le Corbusier, roof apartment for Carlos de Beistegui, Paris, 1929–31 (published in Plaisir de France, March 1936 © Vitra Design Museum, copyright for the works of Le Corbusier: © F.L.C/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Carlo Mollino, Arabesco, 1950 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Jürgen HANS
René Magritte, Le Modèle rouge, 1947 or 1948 © akg-images, copyright for the works of René Magritte: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Man Ray, Cadeau/Audace, 1921 (1974) © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Andreas Sütterlin, copyright for the works of Man Ray: © Man Ray Trust, Paris/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Le Corbusier, Ozon III, 1962 © F.L.C/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Frederick Kiesler, Correalistic Rocker, 1942 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Jürgen HANS
Piero Fornasetti, wall plate from the series Tema e Variazioni, after 1950 Courtesy of Fornasetti
Gae Aulenti, Tour, 1993 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Jürgen HANS
Carlo Mollino, interior design for Casa Le Corbusier, Ozon III, 1962 Rivetti, Turin, 1949 © F.L.C/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019 Vitra Design Museum Archive
Pedro Friedeberg, Hand Chair, c. 1965 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Andreas Sütterlin
Roberto Sebastian Matta Echaurren, MAgriTTA, 1970 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Jürgen HANS, copyright for the works of Roberto Sebastian Matta Echaurren: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Ruth Francken, Man Chair, no. 24/24, 1970 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Jürgen Hans, copyright for the works of Ruth Francken: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Jasper Morrison, interior design for Capellini, 1992 Courtesy of Jasper Morrison Ltd. and Capellini
Ingo Maurer, Porca Miseria!, 1994 © Ingo Maurer GmbH, München
Konstantin Grcic, Coathangerbrush (re-edition for Muji), 2002. Courtesy of Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd.
Dan Tobin Smith, A Matter of Perspective (published in Wallpaper*, no. 69, June 2004, set design by Lyndsay Milne McLeod) © Dan Tobin Smith
Front, Horse Lamp, 2006 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Andreas Sütterlin
Iris van Herpen, Syntopia look 7, F/W 2018, Courtesy of Iris van Herpen, Netherlands, photo: Yannis Vlamos
Dunne & Raby, Designs for an overpopulated planet: Foragers, 2009 photo: Jason Evans
Nacho Carbonell, Table Cocoon 8, 2015 Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Audrey Large, TP-TS-12.Mocap, 2018. Courtesy of Audrey Large and Nilufar Gallery, Milan, photo: Daniele Iodice
BLESS, Hairbrush, 1999 (2019) © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Andreas Sütterlin
Key Visual for the exhibition »Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 - Today« Daniel Streat/Visual Fields © Vitra Design Museum, Bocca sofa: © Gufram/Studio65
»Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today« © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Ludger Paffrath
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