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Surreal Success: AGO Extends Hit Surrealism Exhibition into September

“I try to create fantastic things, magical things, things like in a dream. The world needs more fantasy. Our civilization is too mechanical.”
- Salvador Dali, 1940

(Toronto – August 11, 2009) The Art Gallery of Ontario is going to be distorting reality a little while longer as its hit summer exhibition Surreal Things receives a two-week extension due to a strong response from the public. The exhibition, originally slated to close on August 30, 2009, will now run until September 13, 2009. Since the exhibition opened its doors to the public on May 9, 2009, over 70,000 patrons have experienced its head tripping effects.

A Canadian exclusive, Surreal Things is the first exhibition show explore how some of the greatest artists of the 20th century engaged with Surrealism to create extraordinary objects. This expanded the influence of Surrealism into the world of design – including theatre, film, fashion, architecture, interiors, and advertising.

“We’re thrilled about the excitement that Surreal Things has generated,” enthuses AGO Director and CEO Matthew Teitelbaum. “The exhibition has that wonderful formula of very famous, iconic pieces being displayed and engaged with in a brand new way.”

Surreal Things showcases some 200 items drawn from public and private collections worldwide, many of which have rarely been exhibited before. The exhibition highlights the work of Surrealist artists and designers who were productive after 1930, including Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray, and Elsa Schiaparelli.

The exhibition examines the movement’s historical framework, identifies its major exhibitions and events, and highlights the later work of Surrealist artists and designers whose careers extended beyond the movement. The show brings together some of the most extraordinary objects created during the period of Surrealism, including Elsa Schiaparelli’s Tear evening dress (1938); with fabric designed by Salvador Dalí; René Magritte’s The Tempest (1931); and Meret Oppenheim’s Table with Bird’s Legs (1939).

Surreal Things is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and was previously shown in London, Rotterdam and Bilbao.

American Express is the Lead Sponsor of Surreal Things.

The exhibitions Angelika Hoerle: The Comet of Avant-Garde Cologne and Painting as a Weapon: Progressive Cologne 1920-33, examining issues around gender and politics in Weimar Germany during the same period as Surreal Things, will continue until August 30, 2009.

Tuesday, Thursday through Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Closed on Monday

Admission Prices: Surreal Things is included with General Admission*
Adult: $18
Senior $15
Student $10
Youth (age 6-15) $10
Family $45
Children under 5 Free

*Visitors who wish to view Surreal Things on Wednesday nights will be charged admission discounted by 30%.

About the AGO

With a permanent collection of more than 79,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. After a stunning redesign by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the transformed AGO opened its doors to the public in November 2008 amid international acclaim. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of two football fields along the Gallery’s façade; and the iconic central staircase, spiraling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new Contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic new African Art Gallery; from David Altmejd's monumental installation The Index to Peter Paul Rubens' masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, a highlight of the acclaimed Thomson Collection — there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.

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For AGO media information or visuals, please call:
Sean O’Neill, 416-979-6660, ext. 403,
Antonietta Mirabelli, 416-979-6660, ext. 454,

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