Preview – How to Be a Surrealist with Philippa Perry

Philippa Perry
Programme Name: How To Be A Surrealist with Philippa Perry - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: with a surreal sculpture she makes in the film. Philippa Perry - (C) BBC - Photographer: Screengrab

Tonight BBC Four devotes its programming to surrealism and starts of by looking at the movement in general.

The psychologist Philippa Perry, who is also wife of Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry, begins by examining the how the surrealist movement came out of the political upheavals in the 1920s following the end of World War One.

She then goes on some surreal adventures of her own, including setting up a Bureau of Surrealist Research in Paris, investigates the role women had in the surrealist movement, and gets some unsuspecting art students to watch Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel’s film Un Chien Andalou – the one in which an eye is slit with a razor, which is also being shown on BBC Four tonight at 22.30.

How to Be a Surrealist with Philippa Perry is on BBC Four at 21.00.