Main content
This programme is not currently available on BBC iPlayer

How to Be a Surrealist with Philippa Perry

Psychotherapist Philippa Perry takes us on a playful journey into the unconscious to discover the deep roots of surrealism in the political upheavals of 1920s Europe.

Melting clocks, lobster telephones - the perplexing images of surrealist art are instantly recognisable to millions. But for psychotherapist Philippa Perry the radical ideas which inspired the original artists are often overlooked. In this film, Philippa takes us on a playful journey into the unconscious to discover the deep roots of surrealism in the political upheavals of 1920s Europe and new ways of understanding the human psyche.

Among her surrealist adventures, Philippa sets up her own Bureau of Surrealist Research on the streets of Paris and invites members of the public to tell her their dreams, she uncovers the role of women in the surrealism movement and has a go at being an artist's muse herself, rolls up her sleeves to try some surrealist techniques with art critic Adrian Searle, and puts on a screening of Dali and Bunuel's famous film Un Chien Andalou for a group of unsuspecting art students.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 28 Mar 2019 00:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Philippa Perry
Executive Producer Richard Bright
Director Morag Tinto

Broadcasts

Featured in...

How the world went crazy for Surrealism

How the world went crazy for Surrealism

A whistle-stop tour of Surrealism, from the horror of WWI to mainstream approval.

The English eccentric who bankrolled the Surrealists

The English eccentric who bankrolled the Surrealists

How Edward James used his vast fortune to back artists such as Dali and Magritte.