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Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

Delve into the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design in this century spanning celebration of surrealist objects of desire.

A Vitra Design Museum Exhibition.

What to expect

Curated with Vitra Design Museum, the exhibition will explore design from the birth of surrealism in 1924 to the current day; spanning classic Surrealist works of art and design as well as contemporary surrealist responses. 

The exhibition will uncover how one of the 20th century's most influential movements came to impact design through its questioning of the conventional and its commitment to exploring the mind, unconscious and mystical. 

It will bring together the best in Surrealist design, from furniture, interior design, fashion, photography and world-renowned artworks from Surrealist pioneers such as Salvador Dalí, Dora Maar, Man Ray, Leonora Carrington and Lee Miller, through to contemporary artists and designs, such as Schiaparelli, Dior, Björk.  

The result is an exhibition filled with playful, curious and poetic objects that uncover the rich history of Surrealism and its fascinating influence on design.

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Booking Information

Online booking is advised but tickets will also be available to buy on the door. Last entry to the exhibition is 90 minutes before the museum closes.

Adult tickets from £16.80
Child tickets from £8.25
Concession tickets from £12.50
Student tickets from £12.50

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Visit our terms & conditions page for further information.

Horse Lamp, 2006, Front Design, Manufactured by Moooi BV, Breda /Niederlande, Plastic, metal. Vitra Design Museum

Hand Chair, about 1962, Pedro Friedeberg, Production this copy: c. 1965, Carved mahogany. Vitra Design Museum

Dunne & Raby, Designs for an overpopulated planet: Foragers, 2009 photo: Jason Evans

Roberto Sebastian Matta Echaurren, MAgriTTA, 1970 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Jürgen HANS, copyright for the works of Roberto Sebastian Matta Echaurren: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Schiaparelli, Look 6 Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2021. Courtesy of Schiaparelli

Wall plates no. 116 from the series Tema e Variazioni [Theme and Variations], after 1950, Piero Fornasetti, Silk print on porcelain. Fornasetti Archive

BLESSbeauty Hairbrush, 2019 edition of 1999 design, Bless, beech; human hair. Vitra Design Museum

Sarah Lucas, Cigarette Tits [Idealized Smokers Chest II], 1999. Chair, balls, cigarettes, bra, 78.74 x 49.53 x 52.71 cm (31 x 19 ½ x 20 ¾ in) © Sarah Lucas.

Curated with: Vitra Design Museum

The Vitra Design Museum is one of the world's leading museums of design, located in the triangle of Germany, Switzerland and France. It is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines design's relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture.

Global Sponsor: Hugo Boss

The HUGO BOSS Group is one of the leading companies in the upper premium segment of the apparel market that focuses on the development and marketing of premium fashion and accessories for men and women. In addition to the actual product range, HUGO BOSS is also known for its events, campaigns, international exhibitions and cooperations.

Supported by: Art Mentor Foundation

Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne considers itself a mentor of the arts. The nonprofit foundation was brought into being with the aim of supporting projects that are conducted in a professional manner who blaze new and innovative trails in one of the three grant areas: Visual Art, Music, and Cultural Education.

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Background image: Salvador Dalí, Lobster Telephone, 1938. Photo West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.