THE TRAJECTORY OF DREAMS: Escaping Reality
The world of dreams has always caused a great fascination and it has fascinated
humanity all throughout its history and all over the planet, creating the need
to give an explanation to something intangible and tangible at the same time;
intangible in the palpable reality, but tangible for the sleeping mind.
The fascination for dreams experienced a turning point at the beginning of the
20th century after the publication of The Interpretation of Dreams, by Sigmund
Freud (1900), a fundamental work of reference that marked definitively the
scientific, philosophical, literary, poetic and artistic meaning of the word. The
surrealists, who had adopted the concept of dream as life philosophy around
which many of the principles of the movement revolved, undertook a journey
of no return into the oneiric world.
In 1938 André Breton, known as the father of surrealism, made a selection
of texts and artworks related to dreams, published by Guy Lévis-Mano with
the title of Trajectoire du rêve. This anthology included the visual and written
dreams of the selected authors, a fact that claimed the existence of another
reality which would allow them to withdraw from their historical context.
The new reality is close to imagination, to automatism, to impulse and, above
all, it is strongly linked to love and dreaming, the great concepts par excellence.
The adoption of the dream as a leitmotiv responded to the surrealists’ desire
to escape reality and break away with its social, moral and conventional norms.
The works we present at The Armory Show are the perfect reflection of how
Miró, Dalí and the rest of artists whose pieces we exhibit here had a permanent
contact with the world of dreams all through their lives, each one in his own
way, but with a point in common: freedom, the freedom given by that which
is intangible associated to the human mind, the imagination, the dream, either
when one is awake or asleep.