BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents an exhibition that explores the radical and multilayered nature of Surrealist photography.

“Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography” features photographs created by leading Surrealist artists, such as Eugène Atget, André Kertész, René Magritte, Man Ray and Maurice Tabard.

The more than 60 images illustrate how the Surrealists experimented in front of the camera and in the darkroom to transform a traditionally representational art form into a vehicle for rendering the fantastical. Works such as Henri Cartier-Bresson’s, “Brussels” (1932) and Erwin Blumenfeld’s, “Solarized Double Mirror Nude” (1946) will invite people to consider how the artists used visual motifs and technical manipulations to confuse and unsettle the viewer.

“ ‘Under the Surface’ will provide an exciting opportunity to engage our audiences and the Bowdoin College community with work that teases the imagination and tests our sense of how we understand the world around us,” Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the museum, said in a press release.

The exhibition will be up through June 1 in conjunction with a film installation, “Surrealism in Motion,” featuring Man Ray’s “Retour a la Raison” and Hans Richter’s “Ghosts Before Breakfast.”

A film screening and discussion, “Science Is Fiction: A Selection of Films by Jean Painlevé,” takes place at 6 p.m. Monday in Smith Auditorium, Sill Hall.

All events are open to the public free of charge.

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