As you enter the Barbican’s The Surreal House, a cacophonous minor progression echoes against its Brutalist walls. The source, aptly revealed through a labyrinth of rooms later, underscores the tone of the exhibition – the home as a portrait of self. Yet, through the work of Dali and Duchamp, Bourgeois and Bacon, the ‘maison surréaliste’ questions the rational interplay of our deepest fears and wildest fascinations. For the theatre of the domestic is never what one expects it to be.
The Surreal House at the Barbican, 10 June 2010 to 12 September 2010.