BMA's "Monsters & Myths" Shows War's Impact on Art | WYPR

BMA's "Monsters & Myths" Shows War's Impact on Art

Feb 22, 2019

Salvador Dalí's Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)-1936. Philadelphia Museum of Art:The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection,1950
Credit Courtesy BMA/copyright Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society

The Baltimore Museum of Art has gathered nearly 90 surrealist masterpieces for its new show, including a few by one of the great exemplars of the genre: painter Rene Magritte (one of the subjects of the photograph that inspired the beautiful Paul Simon song that opens this segment, Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War). There are also works by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Mark Rothko, and more.

The BMA's new show is called Monsters and Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s.  Oliver Shell is Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the BMA.  He is co-curating this terrific exhibition, and he joins Tom in Studio A to discuss its compelling theme: the powerful impact of war and its horrors on a generation of international painters, sculptors and filmmakers.