Exploring Signs and Symbols in the Art of the Surrealists

Looking at a range of Surrealist painters – from Salvador Dali to Frida Kahlo, we will dive into their dreamlike worlds filled with symbols and meaning. By linking their ideas to new theories of psychoanalysis, rising during the 20th century, we will start to unravel the common subject matters that can be found across many artists’ practices of that time. Beside the use of dream analysis, they also emphasised that “one could combine inside the same frame, elements not normally found together to produce illogical and startling effects”, as Breton wrote in his 1924 Surrealist manifesto. In this session we will look at how they did just that – turning the mundane into the extraordinary!

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Bojana Popovic
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Upon completing her Masters in Curating at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Bojana worked at TATE Britain and The Serpentine Galleries before seeking experience in the private art sector. For a few years she worked for private art galleries in Zurich and Paris before moving to the leading auction house, Christie’s, in London. During her four years at Christie’s she worked as a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department where she also led art history lectures in collaboration with Christie’s Educational MA programme. Since then, Bojana has been working as a freelance art consultant, Art History lecturer and writer.

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