The Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, presents the exhibition RealSurreal.
Avant-garde photographs seem like pictures from a dream world. From new kinds of compositions and perspectives to photomontage, technical experiments, and staged scenes, Real Surreal offers a chance to rediscover the range and multifacetedness of photography between the real and the surreal. The exhibition leads the visitor through the Neues Sehen (New Vision) movement in Germany, Surrealism in France, and the avant-garde in Prague. Thanks to rare original prints from renowned photographers between 1920 and 1950, this exhibition offers a chance to see these works in a new light. In addition to some 220 photographs, a selection of historical photography books and magazines as well as rare artists’ books allow visitors to immerse themselves in this new view of the world. Furthermore, examples of films attest to the fruitful exchanges between avant-garde photography and cinema during this time.
- Albert Renger-Patzsch Selfportrait, 1926/27 Foto: Christian P. Schmieder, München. Courtesy Albert Renger Patzsch Archiv / Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Köln / 2015, ProLitteris, Zurich
- Man Ray Electricity, 1931. Foto: Christian P. Schmieder, München. Courtesy Man Ray Trust / 2015, ProLitteris, Zurich