The enduring relationship between Surrealism and design has given way to some of the most intriguing objects of the last century, from a hairbrush made with human hair, to Dalí’s Lobster Telephone and Mae West’s Lips sofa.

The exhibition begins with the birth of Surrealism in 1924, journeying right up to the surrealist responses in contemporary art today, spanning a century of curious surrealist objects. It explores the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design, exploring how one of the 20th century’s most influential movements had a major impact on the design industry.

Surrealism inspired designers to question convention, explore the mind and embrace psychology and mysticism, demonstrated through a stunning collection of furniture, fashion, photography and more. Artists and designers on display include surrealist heavyweights Salvador Dalí, Dora Maar and Leonora Carrington alongside contemporary artists and designers such as fashion house Dior and musician Björk.

Uncover the rich history of Surrealism and its fascinating influence on design through a selection of playful objects.

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Design Museum

224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, Greater London, W8 6AG

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Opening times

Open daily, 10am – 6pm (last exhibition entry 5pm) The museum is open late on Fridays and Saturdays until 9pm (last admission 7pm).

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All visitors, except members, must pre-book tickets online for paid exhibitions.

Our permanent collection is free and open daily from 10:00 to 17:45, no pre-booking is needed.

Admission slots can be booked onsite with the help of our Visitor Assistants.

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We have a brand new café located on the Ground floor – London Grade Coffee.

The library and restaurant remain closed until further notice.

Hand sanitiser stations are available onsite.

Our bike parking capacity has been doubled so that more people can cycle to the museum.

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