The Irrational and the Marvelous

Roberto Matta, "Just a Day"

December 8, 2017 – march 25, 2018
blank one gallery

A little more than a century ago, a group of European artists banded together and formed Dada, an art movement that responded to the trauma of World War I and challenged the concept of fine art. Dada's irrational tactics later paved the way in the 1920s for Surrealism, a movement that encouraged participating artists to look to the subconscious for inspiration. The Irrational and the Marvelous celebrates both Dada and Surrealism, featuring the work of Dada icons Marcel Duchamp and Hannah Höch, and surreal explorations by Roberto Matta and Dorothea Tanning, among others.

The Irrational and the Marvelous is organized by Assistant Curator Jared Ledesma.

Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911 – 2002)
Just a Day, 1958
Oil on canvas 
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from Rose F. Rosenfield, 1960.11.
Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

entirely unexpected