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Upcoming Exhibition

The Strange Case of Victor Brauner

October 18, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Painting and sculpture by the acclaimed surrealist.


Victor Brauner. La rencontre du 2 bis rue Perrel (detail), 1946. © ADAGP, Paris. Image © Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris / Roger-Viollet

Adults $25; seniors $23; students $5; members free

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About the Exhibition

In collaboration with the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Barnes presents The Strange Case of Victor Brauner. The exhibition, on view in the Roberts Gallery, is one of the first major US retrospectives dedicated to the influential surrealist.

Born in a small town in Romania and active in Paris, Victor Brauner (1903–1966) played a key part in surrealist circles, creating a range of dreamlike imagery throughout his career. A cast of characters, including figures with surplus limbs and eyes, inhabit his paintings, while his sculptural forms blur the boundaries between animate and inanimate objects. Brauner’s failed attempt to settle in the US during the Second World War, caused by his inability to secure a visa, adds to the poignancy of this significant exhibition.


The Strange Case of Victor Brauner is sponsored by:

Generous support for this exhibition comes from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Aileen and Brian Roberts.

Critical support for all exhibitions comes from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:

Joan Carter and John Aglialoro, Julia and David Fleischner, Leigh and John Middleton, Jeanette and Joe Neubauer

John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Christine and Michael Angelakis, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Lois and Julian Brodsky, N. Judith Broudy, Laura and Bill Buck, Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Gloria and John Drosdick, Eugene and Michelle Dubay, Christine and George Henisee, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Marguerite Lenfest, Maribeth and Steven Lerner, Victoria McNeil Le Vine, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, Kay and Michael Park, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Adele K. Schaeffer, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Stark, Joan F. Thalheimer, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Kirsten White, Anonymous.