The exhibition “Surrealism Beyond Borders” will open on 11 October at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, in the United States of America, where it will remain until 30 January 2022. It then opens on 24 February of the following year at Tate Modern, in London, which will have it on display until 29 August. Questioned by Lusa, a Tate source confirmed to Lusa that, in addition to the already announced Artur do Cruzeiro Seixas (1920-2020), Malangatana (1936-2011), Fernando Lemos (1926-2019), António Pedro (1909-1966) and António de Azevedo (1889-1968) will have works included in the exhibition. When Cruzeiro Seixas died last year, the director of the Cupertino de Miranda Foundation, in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Marlene Oliveira, had already told Lusa that a “reference work” by the artist would be donated for the jointly organised exhibition by 'Met' and by Tate Modern.

Selected works of Lemos and Pedro

Surrealism started from a “revolutionary idea lit in Paris around 1924 that affirmed the unconscious and dreams about the familiar and the everyday”, explains the text available on the page of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “While surrealism could generate works that were often poetic and even humorous, it was also used as a more serious weapon in the fight for political, social and personal freedom by many artists internationally”, adds the museum, while Tate aims to “rewrite the history” of the movement through this show.

The exhibition's aim is to go beyond the focus given to surrealism through a Western European perspective: “This exhibition reconsiders the true 'movement' of surrealism across boundaries of geography and chronology and within networks from Eastern Europe to to the Caribbean, from Asia to North Africa, and from Australia to Latin America”. “Including nearly eight decades of work produced in 45 countries, 'Surrealism Beyond Borders' offers a new approach to the concerns and collective exchanges that reposition the appreciation of this revolutionary and global movement”, can be read on the Metropolitan Museum website. Tate adds that the exhibition will “show how artists around the world were inspired and united around surrealism, from centres as diverse as Buenos Aires, Cairo, Lisbon, Mexico City, Prague, Seoul and Tokyo”.