Exploring the Surreal

Need some help getting to grips with Surrealism? The Doctor will see you now.

Peter Capaldi, a former art student, and the latest actor to play Doctor Who, settles down on Freud’s couch to deliver his wry take on the Surrealist movement.

‘Unlock Art’ is Tate’s new short film series, offering a witty inside track on the world of art.  Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi joins forces with rock duo The Kills, comedian Frank Skinner, Girls star Jemima Kirke and other celebrity art fans to introduce some of the big ideas that have shaped art history. A new film is released each month, with topics ranging from the history of the nude and the nature of the art market, to Pop art.

Thanks to Tate, Unlock Series

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Trapped

I Extend My Arms 1931 or 1932 by Claude Cahun 1894-1954

I Extend My Arms. Claude Cahun. 1931/2.

Michel François Cactus 1997

Cactus. Michel François. 1997.


Disavowals

Aveux Non Avenus III. Claude Cahun. 1929-1930

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Prophet or Madman?

“If a story seems too random, or perhaps too brilliant, for a “madman” to have conceived of it himself, then consider that the “author” might be reality and the “madman” just the reader. After all, only reality can escape the limits of our imagination.”

From Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen

Claude Cahun Autoportrait no 43 1928

Autoportrait no 43. Claude Cahun. 1928