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Joan Miró

Art Alert—AGO Enters the Surreal World

<i>Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach</i>, Salvador Dalí, 1938-39<br>(© Salvador Dalí Fundacio, Gala-Salvador Dalí/SODRAC 2009)This weekend marks the opening of a major Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition that puts a fresh spin on one of the early 20th century’s most analyzed artistic movements—surrealism.

On now through August 30, “Surreal Things” assembles 180 works from surrealism’s classic period (typically said to fall between World Wars I and II) and examines how the form, originally founded on the avant-garde and socialist leanings of its principals, came to be adopted and influenced by commercial fields such as design, advertising and fashion.