A encounter that changes people’s lives

Surrealism, the greatest art movement of the 20th century, started in France after the First World War and steadily spread throughout the world. Its aim was to produce artistic expression that was free of past tradition, creating a new view of life and a fresh way of living, while exploring the world of dreams, the unconscious, and illogic.

To that end, the surrealists sought out the “beauty of wonder” evoked by such factors as the effects resulting from connections of coincidence, and the unexpected resulting from the conjunction of mutually unrelated things. Meanwhile, they also created artistic works based on “play,” using the same kinds of techniques. Especially, the group of unique works of art such as objects, collages, and frottage, along with the means used to create them, can be described as good examples of the realization of their creators’ spirit of “play” that was free of previous traditions and customs.

At this exhibition, we have focused the spotlight on the “play” factor in surrealism, marked by innovation and light-heartedness. The event features a comprehensive display of about 200 works by a wide variety of artists, and includes not only paintings, photographs, sketches, and objects, but also magazines, publications, etc., in pursuit of the charm of surrealism, overflowing with its abundant mysterious encounters.

Exhibition Details

From July 9th (Tue.) to August 25th (Sun.), 2013
(closed Mondays,except July. 15th)
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Headquarters build. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
Adults: 1,000yen (800yen)
University & High School Students: 600 yen (500yen)
Senior Citizens (65 years and more): 800yen
Children of Junior High School or under: Free
( ) indicated discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art,
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Supported by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. NIPPONKOA INSURANCE CO., LTD.
Patronized by
La France au Japon. Institut français du Japon
Cooperation with
Planned by
Art Planning Rey Inc.

Pick up

13041901 Marcel Duchamp
Takamatsu city museum of Art
© Succession Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP,
Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2013 E0442
Giorgio de Chirico
《Piazza d’ Italia》1914
Morohashi Museum of Modern Art
© SIAE, Roma & JASPAR,
Tokyo, 2013 E0442
Shoji Ueda
Tokyo Metoropolitan Museum of Photography
© Shoji Ueda Office, 2013
Jan Švankmajer
《Collage, Surviving Life》2009
Private Collection
© Jan Švankmajar, 2013
Salvador Dalí
《Buste de femme r’etrospectif》1933/1977
The Tokushima Modern Art Museum
© Salvador Dalí,
Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí,
JASPAR Tokyo, 2013 E0442
Toshiko Okanoue
《A Long Journey》1953
The Museum of Art,Kochi
© Toshiko Okanoue, 2013
René Magritte
《Deux tourterelles,
dans la chaude pénombre
de leur maison…,
from Le domaine enchanté》1968
Himeji City Museum of Art
Tokyo, 2013 E0442
Max Ernst
《Une semaine de bonté ou
Les sept éléments capitaux,
Éditions Jeanne Bucher,Paris》1934
Takamatsu city museum of Art
François Renê Roland
《Shuzo Takiguchi and Andrê Breton》
Private Collection