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Surrealism and beyond

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All photos courtesy of The Mint Museum.

On Feb. 11, The Mint Museum will open Surrealism and Beyond, bringing together three exhibitions comprising the largest and most significant examination of Surrealism and Surrealist-inspired art ever presented in the Southeast.

Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy features approximately 50 works by Tanguy (1900-1955), one of the original members of the French Surrealist movement, and his wife Sage (1898-1963), an American artist who joined the Surrealists in the late 1930s. This is the first major exhibition of Tanguy’s art organized by an American museum since 1955 and the first of Sage’s since 1977. It’s also the first to intermingle the works of the husband and wife in the same gallery – the two were exhibited separately during their own lifetimes.

Seeing the World Within: Charles Seliger in the 1940s focuses on the astonishing paintings and drawings created by the American artist Charles Seliger (1926-2009) during the first decade of his career. During this period, Seliger developed a distinctly personal voice and artistic vocabulary that drew upon his intimate knowledge of early 20th century modernism, Surrealism and a love of the natural world and philosophy. It’s the first museum-organized exhibition of Seliger’s work in 30 years, as well as the first to examine this critical period of his career. It features more than three dozen of his most important works from the 1940s.

Gordon Onslow Ford: Voyager and Visionary is the first retrospective of this British-American Surrealist painter’s work organized by an American museum in more than 30 years. It features more than two dozen paintings by the artist and offers visitors a look at the full range of his career, from early, more traditional canvases from the 1920s and 1930s, to his first experiments with Surrealism in the late 1930s and 1940s, to his dazzling paintings from the 1950s forward which took a more cosmic, symbolic approach to abstraction. The Mint Museum is the exclusive venue for this exhibition.

Want to go?

What: Surrealism and Beyond

Where: Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon Street at Levine Center for the Arts

When: Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy and Gordon Onslow Ford: Voyager and Visionary, Feb. 11-May 13.

Seeing the World Within: Charles Seliger in the 1940s, Feb. 11-May 13.

More info: 704-337-2000,