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Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design

Design Museum / London / Art

The term surrealist was first used in 1917, when the poet Guillaume Apollinaire wrote about a Diaghilev ballet, Parade, that Jean Cocteau helped to create. In his Surrealist Manifesto of 1924, André Breton defined surrealism as “pure psychic automatism.” Free association was key, along with dreamlike disconnection and strangeness, the unconscious unharnessed. “Objects of Desire,” curated by the Vitra Design Museum, examines the entire lifespan of Surrealism, from its birth in 1924 to the present. How has the movement influenced design in general—in fashion, furniture, interiors—and who is producing it today? —C.M.

Design Museum 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG, UK
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