After the First World War the Surrealists seize on the unconscious mind as the basis for artistic creation as does the Expressionist cinema of the 1920s completing the triumph of the imagination over the principle of reality and bringing the spirit of Dark Romanticism full circle and into the modern age. The exhibition features outstanding works not only by Francisco de Goya and Max Ernst but also by William Blake, Carl Blechen, Salvador Dalí, Eugène Delacroix, Caspar David Friedrich, Johann Heinrich Fuseli, Théodore Géricault, Paul Klee, René Magritte and Franz von Stuck from the museum’s own collection augmented by loans from major institutions including the Prado in Madrid, the Chicago Art Institute and the Städel Museum in Frankfurt where the exposition originated.
Just came across this while looking for this picture to use in a blog post. All the stuff I love at my favorite museum, and it ended last month.
READING the William Burroughs’ book referenced below, I notice most of his dreams are about inept travel. And I remember most of my dreams are about inept travel. Why not note them, on this blog I’ve otherwise abandoned?
Last night: A modern train or light rail system, part BART and part Disneyland monorail. Train cars are massive, empty, and of course I wind up somewhere I didn’t intend to go. It’s Vancouver, apparently the very end of the line, many miles from the city center and the water. I note the red billowing “lobster scales” around the station’s white concrete exterior. This is apparently a popular design touch, and also somehow “sustainable.” Maybe they are stylized solar panels. I take a series of escalators. It is quiet and almost pleasant—but, as always, there is a sense of unease and impending disaster.
We are in control, but I point out that this is precisely the most dangerous moment, since we can expect massive counterattacks from many quarters—CIA, KGB, Mafia, Vatican, Islam, Corporate Capitalism, the English, the Moral Majority. I propose myself as Director of Police and Counterintelligence, which will operate under one central command … no splitting into criminal, espionage, all that cross-purpose and confusion.
So this friend of mine just got a good job offer, hooray for that, and I say to him, “Good benefits and sex robots, etc.?” And he replies that the offer is a good one, but “sex robots TK,” which is editor code for “to come,” meaning, “not yet.” And so I’m wondering what kind of low-grade sex robots are offered in today’s post-worker economy and according to the Internet the answer is, “Really low-end sex robots.”
Really, the biggest obstacle to overcome here—aside from every single obligation you have to your friends, family, job, and financial future—is you.