Conversations in the Archive: Dada and Surrealism Reviewed (1978)


Art historians Dawn Adès and Elizabeth Cowling discuss Dada and Surrealism Reviewed (1978), an ambitious exhibition that took place at the Hayward Gallery in the late 1970s. The exhibition, which featured more than 1,000 objects, was organised by an illustrious committee that included the poet and surrealist Roland Penrose and the critic and curator David Sylvester. 

Conversations in the Archive: Dada and Surrealism Reviewed (1978)


This film is part of Conversations in the Archive, a series of five short films exploring seminal exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history. In each film, artists and curators involved in the exhibition are captured in conversation, with archival material acting as a prompt for reflection and recollection. 


I think historically it marked a kind of turning point in the ways in which dada and surrealism were viewed
Elizabeth Cowling

Commissioned by Hayward Gallery for its 50th anniversary with Art Fund support.


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