• Karel Appel, 'Hip, Hip, Hoorah!' 1949

    Karel Appel
    Hip, Hip, Hoorah! 1949
    Oil on canvas
    support: 817 x 1270 mm
    Purchased with assistance from Evelyn, Lady Downshire's Trust Fund and the Gytha Trust 1988 Karel Appel Foundation

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The displays in Poetry and Dream show how contemporary art grows from, reconnects with, and can provide fresh insights into the art of the past.

The large room at the heart of the wing is devoted to surrealism, while the surrounding displays look at other artists who, in different ways, have responded to or diverged from surrealism, or explored related themes such as the world of dreams, the unconscious and archetypal myth.

These displays also show how characteristically surrealist techniques such as free association, the use of chance, biomorphic form and bizarre symbolism have been reinvigorated in new contexts and through new media, often at far remove from the intentions of their pioneers.