Surrealism succeeded in becoming a worldwide phenomenon, and the familiarity of some of the key tropes of the most successful artists are testament to this. The ways in which it became part of the popular culture of the early and mid-twentieth century demonstrates the popularity of Surrealist ideas and art, and Andre Breton is clearly a catalyst of a leader, standing at the heart of the movement and one of the reasons that it spread so widely. “I imagine that Breton’s enthusiasm must have been very infectious… [he] was a charismatic, passionate leader who was committed to spreading his conception of Surrealism and its revolutionary possibilities through manifestos, publications, exhibitions, lectures and festivals. He promoted the artists that he admired tirelessly and travelled around the world spreading his vision and gathering new recruits.”
Having explored Surrealism through Dempsey’s fresh look, a global art movement for current times that embraces the philosophies at the heart of Surrealism, would be refreshing in the here and now.“Today, we seem to be living in an age when reality is stranger – or more surreal – than fiction. In our media-saturated age, we are constantly bombarded by horrific images of man’s inhumanity to man. Perhaps what we need in these troubled times is art that furthers the aspects of Surrealism that were positive, life-affirming and poetic?”
Words by John Iona.