2022 Exhibition

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

Discover the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design.

A Vitra Design Museum Exhibition.

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What to expect

One of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century, Surrealism subversed, combined and reinvented everyday objects to create dreamlike imagery.

Discover how Surrealism has influenced design for the past 100 years from furniture and interiors to graphic design, fashion, and photography. The exhibition will bring together classic works of art and design as well as contemporary responses from around the globe.

The exhibition will include works by Gae Aulenti, BLESS, Achille Castiglioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, Dunne & Raby, Max Ernst, Ray Eames, Front, Shiro Kuramata, Carlo Mollino, Isamu Noguchi, Man Ray and many others.

Man Ray, 'Cadeau/Audace', 1921 (1974) © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Andreas Sütterlin, © Man Ray Trust, Paris/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Meret Oppenheim, 'Table with Bird’s Feet', 1939 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Andreas Sütterlin, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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.

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.

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.

What's on

2022 Exhibitions

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Background image: Bocca (Sofa), 1970 © Gufram/Studio65, photo: Jürgen HANS © Vitra Design Museum.