While there are a few stellar examples in the CAM’s permanent collection (most notably Joan Miró’s Mural for the Terrace Plaza Hotel, which hangs across from the café), Cincinnati is not a Surrealism and Dada stronghold. This makes the upcoming exhibition especially exciting.
It features more than 200 works and provides a comprehensive survey of major artists including Dalí, Magritte, Duchamp, Miró, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Jean Arp, Man Ray, Kurt Schwitters and Hannah Hch.
Much of the work comes from the Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection, which the couple donated to the Israel Museum in 1998. Arturo Schwarz, a worldly book and art dealer, scholar and collector, befriended many of the artists. These personal relationships strengthened the collection — a Man Ray photograph in the exhibition, for instance, is just one of many works created especially for Schwarz.
Check it out at the CAM Tuesday-Sunday through May 17. It’s only other stop is Helsinki. Read Tamera Lenz Muente's review here.