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Monday, May 26, 2014 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

An exhibition of veterans' artwork that explores the relationship between Surrealism and the experience of war.


Opening: Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 | 10AM - 5PM
11AM Color Guard
2PM Artist Talk

Exhibition Run: May 26, 2014 - November 1, 2014
Artists: William Dugan, Stan Gillett, Michael Helbing, David Keefe, Jim Leedy, Robynn Murray, Giuseppe Pellicano, Ehren Tool, Richard Yohnka, and many more.

Surrealism is an attempt to revolt against the inherent contradictions of a society ruled by rational thought while dominated by war and oppression. Surrealism seeks expression of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason and free of aesthetic and moral preoccupation. It is this same absence of control exercised by reason that many combat veterans seek to explore and express after their experiences in war. SURREALISM & WAR features the artwork of nine veteran artists that intentionally and unintentionally use and explore Surrealist processes and concepts.

Of note, SURREALISM & WAR includes the seminal work, The Earth Lies Screaming, by Jim Leedy, a Korean War veteran who was one of only two Americans invited to participate in the largest Surrealist exhibition ever assembled at the Retretti Art Center, Finland, an exhibition that began with Miro, Dali, and DuChamp, and culminated with several works by Mr. Leedy.


National Veterans Art Museum
4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue
60641 Chicago , IL