Strange

August 21, 2019–January 19, 2020

Featuring works from many cultures and time periods that resonate with the spirit of Surrealism, this exhibition explores the improbable, uncanny, mysterious, and miraculous as sources of artistic inspiration.

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  • René Magritte: Duo, 1928; ink on paper; 19 1/4 x 23 1/4 in.; BAMPFA, museum purchase.

  • Masako Miki: Participation in Mysticism, 2015; silkscreen; 8½ × 11 in.; BAMPFA, gift of the artist.

    Masako Miki: Participation in Mysticism, 2015; silkscreen; 8½ × 11 in.; BAMPFA, gift of the artist. Photo: Courtesy the artist and CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions.

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  • Saturday, November 16, 1 PM

    Exquisite Corpse Workshop

    To celebrate the centennial of Surrealism, poet Rod Roland and daughter Coco lead an all-ages workshop in creating collaborative drawings and writings using the Surrealist exquisite corpse technique.

  • Saturday, October 12, 1:30 PM

    Sign Language–Interpreted Tour: Strange

    Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a special guided tour of Strange featuring expert ASL interpretation. 

  • Monday, September 30, 6:30 PM

    What Is Strange? Rabih Alameddine and Lawrence Rinder in Conversation

    Beirut- and Bay Area–based, internationally acclaimed author Rabih Alameddine joins BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder for a conversation on concepts of “strangeness.”

  • Saturday, September 21, 1:30 PM

    Symposium: Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island

    Exploring the multifaceted work of British-born American painter Gordon Onslow Ford, this symposium features talks by contributors to the recent monograph Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island.

    Copresented by the Lucid Art Foundation

     

  • Wednesday, September 11, 6:00 PM

    Curator's Circle: Strange Wine & Walkthrough

    Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder joins Curator’s Circle members for a festive reception at Babette, followed by a tour of the thought-provoking exhibition Strange.

    Open to Curator’s Circle members at the $1,000 level and above 

  • Selected Wednesdays and Sundays

    Guided Tours: Strange

    Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange.

     

  • Wednesday, August 21, noon

    Curator's Talk: Lawrence Rinder on Strange

    An engaging walkthrough of the exhibition with its curator, who discusses themes of drama and memory, miracles and coincidence, myth and magic, and artistic oddities.