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Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

Exhibition Detail
Drawing Inward: German Surrealist Richard Oelze
Curated by: Eleanor Moseman
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

June 19th, 2012 - August 26th, 2012
June 19th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Untitled, Richard OelzeRichard Oelze, Untitled,
1925, Graphite and black and white chalk on wove paper
© Courtesy of the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
South Side
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu 10-8

Richard Oelze (1900–1980) was a self-proclaimed Surrealist who trained at the Bauhaus in Germany, was recognized by the Parisian circle of Surrealists as a kindred spirit, and was included in MoMA’s 1936 landmark exhibition Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism. He has since fallen into relative obscurity on both sides of the Atlantic.

This exhibition highlights the contemporary appeal of Oelze’s work by featuring drawings and sketches of imaginary landscapes, fantastic objects, and figures that he drew in the years following World War II. Organized by the University Art Gallery at Colorado State University, Drawing Inward reveals how Oelze plumbed the depths of the conscious and unconscious mind through visual experimentation. The exhibition also sheds light on a rare, early landscape drawing by Oelze from the Smart Museum’s collection.

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