Contemporary Surrealism

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Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality." Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself.

Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy, and social theory.
Surrealist individuals and groups have attempted to carry on with Surrealism after the death of André Breton in 1966. The original Paris Surrealist Group was disbanded by member Jean Schuster in 1969.
There is no clear consensus about the end, or if there was an end, to the Surrealist movement. Some art historians suggest that World War II effectively disbanded the movement. There have also been attempts to tie the obituary of the movement to the 1989 death of Salvador Dalí.
While Surrealism is typically associated with the arts, it has been said to transcend them; Surrealism has had an impact in many other fields.
Surrealistic art also remains popular with museum patrons.

(Source: Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia)

Contemporary Surrealism

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Up to today there are contemporary artists who are still making surrealist art in the twenty-first century. Contemporary surrealistic art is magical, attention-getting, fantastical, beautiful and fun to look at. The tools that these artists use may differ from those used by the original Surrealist artists but the effect is at least (if not more so) as visually appealing as the work that came from that bygone era.
The main difference is that there were more rules and strictness surrounding the form and style of early surrealism whereas surrealism today incorporates many different formats, materials, approaches and topics.
There has been a bit of confusion about the name of today´s surrealism: Some call it phantastic realism or neo-surrealism. Most art-historians have finally decided to call it contemporary surrealism.

Meanwhile contemporary surrealism has become an important aspect of today’s fine art. The surrealistic concepts that developed from the early 1920s are still in the works of several important artists of today, many others have developed an aesthetic concept influenced by the languages of the telematic tools for the masses.

Take a look at the art of Stephan Widera, a German artist known for his surrealistic approach to art.

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Surrealist artist Stephan Widera

Stephan Widera is a German painter, photographer, digital artist, sculptor and designer. Widera’'s (often multi-media) works include collages, drawings and writing. Characteristic of his work is the way in which he mixes different genres and artistic techniques.

Although he works in various media, he is best known for his paintings and collages. In his works, he Widera explores the absurdity of modern life, technology, politics, society and media –- often in a humorous way.

Stephan Widera’´s works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Europe and the United States, in Galleries, Museums and at Art Fairs.

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