Tekst: Jane Alison e.a.
Aantal pagina’s: 348
Illustraties: Kleur en zwart-wit
Uitgever: Yale University Press, 2010
Formaat: 28 x 21 cm
Catalogus bij de tentoonstelling in de Barbican Art Gallery, Londen, 2010
Through a unique blend of art, film and architecture, ‘The Surreal House’ presents the individual dwelling as a place of mystery and wonder. Fusing house and dream, it probes the relationship between interior and shell, object and space; and it elaborates ‘the marvellous’ and ‘compulsive beauty’ as espoused by Andre Breton. The haunted house, the cabinet of curiosities, the ruined castle, the cage, the cave, the box, the labyrinth, the bell jar and the womb are among the uniquely surreal habitats explored. Shaped by the irrational and the subversive, the flip side of the modernist paradigm of the functional, rational dwelling, ‘The Surreal House’ is ripe for discovery. Mirroring the surrealist love of poetic juxtaposition, the project brings together works by artists such as Edward Hopper, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio de Chirico, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Joseph Cornell and Salvador Dali. A surreal legacy is to be found in the interiors of little-known Italian architect and designer, Carlo Mollino; Frederick Kiesler’s model for ‘The Endless House, 1957-59’; sculptures by Louise Bourgeois and Rebecca Horn; and, installations by Edward Kienholz and Ilya Kabakov. Contemporary architecture is represented by the work of Rem Koolhaas and Diller & Scofidio, among others. A manifesto for a poetic reading of the house, ‘The Surreal House’ reflects on the unquestionable importance of the dwelling, the cradle of our being, in the imaginative realm. This richly illustrated account brings together a host of commentators and historians, and accompanies a major exhibition.