Another Kind of Dreaming

As the biennale unfolds across Sydney, mute and minimalist, it is refreshing to remember that artists once weren't so scared of making a noise. "The simplest Surrealist act consists in going down into the street, revolvers in one's hands, and firing at random, wilfully, into the crowd," André Breton, who founded the movement in Paris, famously declared in 1929.

There's no blood in the streets of Sydney. But audiences looking to flesh out the Biennale's treatise, "On Reason and Emotion," need go no further than the S. H. Ervin Gallery on Observatory Hill, where "Australian Surrealism: The Agapitos/Wilson Collection" opens...

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