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Surrealism

July Editor’s Picks: Art

A fragment from the Book of War (image courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority).

A Book of War fragment (courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority).

ON NOW Toronto’s temple of historical preservation, the Royal Ontario Museum, offers visitors a religious experience with its display of the priceless and controversial Dead Sea Scrolls. Fragments from eight of these 2,000-year-old antiquities comprising the sacred texts of ancient Israel—including a portion of the Book of Genesis and the non-biblical Book of War—are certain to have you kneeling at the altar of cultural inquiry. Equally intriguing are the more than 200 artifacts of Jewish, Hellenistic and Roman provenance—from ossuaries and coins to fragments of the Herbrew Second Temple—that contextualize the scrolls, their discovery and their enduring significance.

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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.

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