It’s difficult to imagine, in the age of online media, that a blossoming new art style could have stirred up that much controversy. But Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes, the new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, will be exploring exactly that: the rise of sexual, psychological and controversial surrealist art on the Australian scene since 1930.
Lurid Beauty will span many different mediums including installation, fashion and poetry. And prepare your psyche for representations of warped sexuality and perverseness, as surrealism was inspired by the theories of Sigmund Freud, which involves a fair whack of embedded misogynistic gender roles and Dali-esque dream madness. The exhibition will feature works from James Gleeson, Max Dupain, Albert Tucker, James Cant, Roy de Maistre, Peter Ellis, Tim Schultz, Julie Rrap, Pat Brassington, Clifford Bayliss, Rosslynd Piggott and many more.