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Antonio Berni himself presents his works produced over a time span of three decades. Berni emphasizes that while he showed in the Sociedad Amigos del Arte [Friends of Art Society] his surrealistic production in 1932, there are many that do not know about his paintings from that period. For that reason, in this exhibition, Berni includes, along with the landscapes painted during those days, three Surrealist works completed between 1931 and 1932.
Antonio Berni (1905) was an artist from Argentina born in the city of Rosario who died in Buenos Aires (1981). His visual arts production included painting, engraving, drawing, in addition to proposals for mural art, illustration, set design, and the production of objects, as well as installations. Toward the 1930s, he was linked to Surrealism, and subsequently formulated his concept of New Realism, founding the workshop-school called Mutualidad Popular de Estudiantes y Artistas Plásticos de Rosario [Popular Society of Students and Visual Artists from Rosario].
This exhibition was presented at Galería Peuser, which, from the mid-1940s on, presented outstanding exhibitions. The three surrealist artworks by Berni shown at the gallery were: Pesadilla en una noche de verano a orillas del lago Garda [Nightmare on a Summer Night at Lake Garda shores (1931), Metamorfosis del pájaro azul [Metamorphosis of the Blue Bird] (1932) and El sueño del argelino [The Algerian’s dream] (1932).