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Surreal gallery opens featuring Salvador Dali and Louise Bourgeoius

PUBLISHED: 13:23 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:08 05 October 2010

Surrealism has found itself a home, or multiple, in a new exhibition at the Barbican Centre. The new surrealist gallery is split into several houses to convey different ideas and concepts about the home, using works from famous artists including Salvador Dali

Surrealism has found itself a home, or multiple, in a new exhibition at the Barbican Centre.

The new surrealist gallery is split into several houses to convey different ideas and concepts about the home, using works from famous artists including Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas and Edward Hopper.

The first floor is a surrealist's interpretation on the physical aspects of the home: Freud's chair, a large bathtub in four parts, a child nailed to a desk and a staircase to nowhere.

A large piano hangs upside down from the ceiling, connecting the two floors. It is timed so that every few minutes the lid flies open and the keys fall out in a loud musical bang before retracting in a piano melody.

The upstairs portion reflects the ideas and feelings associated with the home: mothers, family and love. These are interspersed with rooms on architecture and the physical structure of the home's exterior.

Black and white films combined with the surrealist art will leave you pondering your home -- both physically and emotionally.

The gallery will be open until September 12 on the third floor of the Barbican Centre off Silk Street.


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