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State Hermitage Museum exhibiting Dada, Surrealism collection

St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum is showcasing Dadaism and Surrealism art from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem through Feb. 15, 2015.

The special occasion marks the 250th anniversary of the cooperative partnership between the State Hermitage Museum and the Israel Museum.

Two of the most significant art revolutions of the 20th century, Dadaism (dating from 1916 in Zurich) and Surrealism (which began in Paris in 1919) use visual techniques and media that altered the art community, mostly due to the movements' portrayal of juxtapositions, automatism, biomorphism, metamorphosis, dreamscapes and desire.

The collection that will be exhibited in St. Petersburg includes paintings, ready-mades, photos and some of the most famous pieces of Dada and Surrealism. There also will be a library set up with books on the artistic movements, as well as screenings of documentaries.

Because the movements' artists used innovative media that impacted later artists for decades, the gallery includes pieces from later artists who were indebted to the Dada and Surrealist movements.

The collection fell into the hands of the Israel Museum by chance, largely due to donors and artists donating generously.

The exhibit received support from the Hermitage Foundation Israel and is curated by Dr. Adina Kamien Kazhdan (from the Department of Modern Art at the Israel Museum) and Mikhail Dedinkin (deputy head of the Western European Art Department and representing the State Hermitage Museum).

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