Hayward Gallery, 11 January – 27 March 1978
The exhibition was organised by a committee that included the surrealist artist and poet Roland Penrose – principle organiser of the London Surrealist exhibition in 1936 – and art historian David Sylvester, along with Dawn Ades, Alan Bowness, Michael Compton, Elizabeth Cowling, Roy Edwards, John Golding and George Melly.
As David Sylvester explained, this was method of display that was characteristic of both the exhibitions staged by the surrealist, as well as their private apartments. Dada and Surrealism Reviewed was divided into 17 distinct sections that together traced the geographical and chronological development of both movements.
Dada and Surrealism Reviewed received 188,655 visitors. An independent researcher was commissioned by the Arts Council to review the audience response to the exhibition. This report focused on the exhibition’s vast scale, which was considered by many visitors to be too large to take in during a single visit.