The Surreal House

Art & Culture

You are invited to inhabit The Surreal House, a mysterious dwelling infused with subjectivity and desire.

Step inside a labyrinth of chambers, designed by acclaimed young architects Carmody Groarke, and experience The Surreal House – its haunted rooms, delirious forms, blasted architecture and cinematic dreamscapes – featuring a host of artists, architects and film makers including Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Ren Magritte, Man Ray, Joseph Cornell and Maya Deren through to more contemporary figures, among them; Louise Bourgeois, Rebecca Horn, Edward Kienholz and Rem Koolhaas.

At times enchanting, playful and at others, deeply disquieting, The Surreal House is a dwelling that is essentially everything that the rational, functional Modernist house is not.

10 June 2010 – 12 September 2010
Barbican Art Gallery

Tickets: Standard 8 online / 10 full price
Concs 7 online / 8 full price
Members 6 online / 7 full price

Times: Open daily 11am-8pm (except Tue & Wed until 6pm)

Open late every Thu until 10pm

Talks, performances and artists film in the Gallery every Thursday until 10pm.

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