The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Saturday, December 5, 2020


Centraal Museum Utrecht presents 'The Tears of Eros: Moesman, Surrealism and the Sexes'
Man Ray, Portrait de Rrose Sélavy, 1921.



UTRECHT.- Johannes Moesman (1909–1988) is the only Dutch artist to be formally ranked among the surrealists. Moesman depicted his fantasies at a time when sexual nonconformity was very much a taboo subject, especially in the Netherlands. The surrealists were eager to address themes of sex as a way of escaping from the suffocating conservativism of their time. Almost 100 years after the birth of surrealism, we still contend with complex social issues centered around shifting power relations between men, women, and other, such as the #MeToo movement, gender nonconformity, and reproductive rights. How did the surrealists depict their views on the masculine and the feminine? And what is our reaction today to their representations of sexuality and gender?

The Tears of Eros contextualizes Moesman's oeuvre with that of his famous international peers, including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Max Ernst. Furthermore, and for the first time in the Netherlands, female surrealists such as Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini feature prominently. The Tears of Eros presents art works by contemporary artists including Sarah Lucas, Gillian Wearing, Paul Kooiker and Viviane Sassen, reinforcing surrealism's continuity into our time.

Annex: Jon Rafman
For The Tears of Eros, Canadian artist Jon Rafman (1981) was invited to add a new chapter to his Dream Journal (2016–19). In this ongoing video project, Rafman uses his own dreams and the surrealist technique of “écriture automatique”: automatic writing. This method was used by the surrealists to make art from the subconcious: “automatically” and without thinking. Rafman applies this technique by making notes of his dreams on a daily basis. He shares them with an anonymous video animator, who converts them into moving images with the help of inexpensive CGI techniques.

When Rafman visited the Centraal Museum last year, he was immediately impressed by the surrealist paintings of Joop Moesman and decided to take Moesman’s work as the starting point for the new chapter of his Dream Journal. The result is a fragmented, delirious story in which memories, sexual fantasies and associations from the unconscious come together.

This presentation is part of The Annex, a programme in the last gallery of the main exhibition halls. The Annex provides a special space for contemporary art that offers a surprising view of the themes raised in the exhibition.

Featured artists The Tears of Eros
Anna Aagaard Jensen, Rachel Baes, Hans Bellmer, Janneke Berendsen, Jacques-André Boiffard, Victor Brauner, Gerard Byrne, Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, Dinos & Jake Chapman, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Óscar Domínguez, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Julio Gonzalez, Jane Graverol, Anthony Everhardus Grolman, Jacoba Haas, Willem van den Heuvel, Claas Hille, Jozef Hoevenaar, Sanam Khatibi, Jan van Kleef, Jeroen Kooijmans, Paul Kooiker, Felix Labisse, Willem van Leusden, Sarah Lucas, René Magritte, Roberto Matta, Lee Miller, Emiel Van Moerkerken, Johannes Anthonius Moesman, Johannes Hendrikus Moesman, Pierre Molinier, Gerrit van ’t Net, Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray, Anthon Gerard Alexander Ripper van Rappard, Wilhelm Ritterbach, Marquis de Sade, Kay Sage, Viviane Sassen, William Seabrook, Cindy Sherman, Pieter Stortenbeker, Jindrich Štyrský, Dorothea Tanning, Toyen, Clovis Trouille, Raoul Ubac, Willem Wagenaar, Gillian Wearing, Louis Wijmans, Unica Zürn.










Today's News

February 25, 2020

Barry Art Museum opens an exhibition of work of abstract painter Joan Thorne

Nationalmuseum acquires a work by Artemisia Gentileschi

Getty Museum opens 'Michelangelo: Mind of The Master'

The Momentary, designed by Chicago-based Wheeler Kearns Architects, opens in Bentonville

Centraal Museum Utrecht presents 'The Tears of Eros: Moesman, Surrealism and the Sexes'

Rick Springfield auctioning personal guitar collection for Australian fire relief

The Barnes Foundation opens 'Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray'

First U.S. survey of Forensic Architecture's work opens in Miami

Million dollar Baltimore coin set for auction

Rubik's Cube Mona Lisa fetches 480,000 euros at Paris auction

Paris braces for tourism hit as virus keeps Chinese at home

Hundreds of orchestral arrangements owned by Judy Garland to be auctioned

Is this the best opera singer you've (probably) never heard of?

Bonnie MacLean, psychedelic poster artist, is dead at 80

CHAT announces the appointment of Takahashi Mizuki as Executive Director and Chief Curator

apexart opens an exhibition of textile-based installations

Exhibition explores the politics of space and place

Rhode Island School of Design presents an exhibition by American artist Martin Mull

Litvinenko murder has hallmarks of an opera: composer

Vancouver Art Gallery receives $1.5 million gift for new building

Pride & Prejudice brings $100k in Sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts at Swann

The Pont Neuf Wrapped (Project For Paris) highlights Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art Sale

Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center open RBL GRL / Revolution Doesn't Ask Permission

miart, organized by Fiera Milano announces the first edition of the INNSiDE Prize

Best Sand and Dust Filter for Pool:

Ancient Resource Auctions' Spring Antiquities Sale has authentic antiquities and ethnographic art





Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful