Exhibition Past

The directors of Colnaghi, London, are proud to announce Dreamsongs: from Medicine to Demons to Artificial Intelligence, a group exhibition which examines the way dreams have been depicted in art from Antiquity to the present day.

Curated by Bjorn Stern, the presentation is comprised of more than forty paintings, drawings, sculptures and multi-media works by a diverse range of artists, including Jan van Wechelen, Frederick Charles Underhill, Takis, Salvador Dali, Albrecht Dürer and Max Ernst.

The arrangement of the show will loosely fall into the five categories of the dream identified by the Latin scholar Macrobius in response to Cicero’s poem: insomnium, visium, somnium, oraculum and visio. Adds Stern: ‘The exhibition also features stone carvings, vases, porcelains, clocks, books and multimedia works. In choosing these and other objects, I am seeking to break away from chronology or a stylistic hierarchy, to let the experience of entering the exhibition be akin to entering a dream sequence. To this end, the works are arranged in conversation, while stylistically they may clash, with the aim of offering new perspectives and teasing out fresh interpretations.’

Continues Stern: ‘As knowledge in our time has become worthless and accessible at all times by all, the transference of knowledge to wisdom has also taken new paths - much in the same way a brain would compensate for any damage, or a newly added tool that forms new synapses and connections, we arrive at our present. Where much of the ordinary thinking processes are handed over to artificial intelligences, so does the machine also begin to dream. Not in the human sense, but perhaps in the humanist sense.’ 

Frieze Masters 2020 | Colnaghi