“I’m an insomniac,” the artist Louise Bourgeois once stated. “So for me, the state of being asleep is paradise.” A good night’s sleep is not just looked at as a necessity; for many people, it is a luxury. When accompanied by dreams, you have a subject matter that has been irresistible to both psychoanalysts and artists for centuries.Our 2024 Appointment Calendar explores how sleep and dreams have been interpreted through art, with 58 works from MoMA’s collection. The state of deep sleep is characterized as the motif of a disembodied head in such works as Constantin Brâncuși’s Untitled (Sleeping Muse) (c.1910). The bed as a destination for both peacefulness and anxiety inspired Monica Bonvincini’s BEDTIMESQUARE (1999), a collage that juxtaposes a canopied bed with a public billboard. The landscape of dreams, a central theme for the Surrealists, is represented here with Giorgio de Chirico’s The Double Dream of Spring (1915) and Joan Miró’s Acrobats in the Night Garden (1948). And works such as Andy Warhol’s 1963 film Sleep (represented here with a still) reminds us also of the mundane and uneventful nature of slumber. The 2024 MoMA Appointment Calendar measures 8.75h x 7.75”w.
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