Dada & Surrealism Exhibition at the State Hermitage Museum

Dada and Surrealism rank among the most significant movements of our time. They challenged tradition, introducing materials and visual strategies that would change the vocabulary of art and creating an enduring legacy that has transformed art history.

The connection between Surrealism and the Israel Museum began as a “chance encounter” more than fifty years ago, and it has since evolved into a deep and lasting relationship. Thanks in great part to generous gifts from donors and artists alike, the Museum has been able to form a spectacular holding of Dada and Surrealist material, comprising everything from paintings, ready-mades, and photographs to works in the wide variety of new and innovative mediums employed by these groundbreaking movements.

This repository also includes an extensive library and documentary materials that make the collection an important international research resource. The Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art in the Israel Museum – includes unparalleled holdings of individual artists, among them Duchamp and Man Ray, as well as an ensemble of other artists of remarkable breadth, reflecting a life committed to the Surrealist spirit. The Exhibition Dada Surrealism and Beyond is planned to travel to the State Hermitage Museum in 2014, with a full support of the Hermitage Foundation Israel.