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5 unmissable Surrealism exhibitions in 2022

1) Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity


Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

9 April – 26 September 2022


Most relevant to the theme of The Debutante issue 03 theme - Feminist-Surrealist Alchemy - this large-scale exhibition delves into the movement's penchant for magic and the occult.


Includes works by some of our favourites: Kay Sage, Maya Deren, Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo.


Find out more via Peggy Guggenheim Collection.



2) Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition


The Museum of Modern Art, New York

30 October 2022 – 4 March 2023


Inspired by the visionary Swiss artist’s own plans for an exhibition of her art, Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition brings together nearly 200 works that offer a wide retrospective view of Oppenheim’s lifelong innovation, remarkably open concept of art, and fierce originality and wit.


Presents furry favourites including Object (1936), Oppenheim's impractical but cheeky fur-covered tea cup.


Find out more via MoMA's website.



3) Viva la Frida! – Life and art of Frida Kahlo


Drents Museum, the Netherlands

Until 27 March 2022

As well as Frida's transfixing paintings, Viva la Frida! presents her jewellery, corsets and clothing. Offering to tell the Mexican artist's "complete story", this exhibition comprises the extraordinary collection of personal belongings which were discovered in 2004 in the Blue House, where Frida lived all her life.


Book your tickets via the Drents Museum.


4) Surrealism Beyond Borders


Tate Modern, London 24 February - 29 August


Challenging the notion that Paris is the epicentre of Surrealism, Surrealism Beyond Borders will traverse the globe and stretch across a period of fifty years. We're interested in seeing how the curation upends a traditionally Eurocentric approach to recording Surrealist art history, as well as learning about Surrealists who practiced in locations such as Mexico City, Seoul and Tokyo. Book your tickets now via Tate's website.



5) Women, Surrealism, and Abstraction



Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah

Until 7 May


Drawn exclusively from the Museum collection, Women, Surrealism, and Abstraction endeavours to look beyond typical art historical boundaries and to begin to lay claim to a more holistic and complex view of art history—one that includes parties left out because of aesthetic biases based on a system of privileged white male patrimony. Learn more via their website.





Blog by Rachel Ashenden, co-founder of The Debutante.


Image list:

1) The Shepherdess of the Sphinxes, Leonor Fini (1941). 2) Glove, 1985 (for Parkett 4), Meret Oppenheim (1985).

3) Henry Ford Hospital (The Flying Bed), Frida Kahlo (1932).

4) The Call, Okanoue Toshiko (1954). 5) The Mirror (Enigma), Helen Lundeberg, 1934.