Step inside the Surreal House: a labyrinth designed by the young architects Carmody Groarke enveloped by haunting cinematic soundscapes and populated by over 100 works dreamt up by the minds of the Bretonian Marcel Duchamp, the Bataillean Salvador Dali and the more contemporary Louise Bourgeois to mention but a few. The scope of this exhibition is somewhat over whelming, allowing for photography, film, sculpture and paintings. Beginning with Duchamp’s relief of a woman’s breast in ‘Prière de Toucher’ the corridors twist and turn in the dark, as Rebecca Horn’s clanking keys echo from the exploding piano suspended from the ceiling while Jan Švankmajer’s disturbed nursery of animated toys burst into colour just around the corner. Jane Allison’s curating is inventive and highly astute as each room has its own focus from the female element of Surrealism and Bourgeois’ ‘Femme Maison’ to Max Ernst’s incredible dream like collages. Mentioning the overtones of Freud’s theory of the ‘unheimlich’ or ‘uncanny’ will seem to many nothing more than an unavoidable cliché, but this exhibition constantly fights to make the familiar unfamiliar and ‘unhomely’. The upper floor suffers from a lack of constructed dramatic architectural space, and as such the artwork is simply situated within the comfortable and familiar surroundings of the Barbican’s space. Having said this the upstairs does attempt a clearer exploration of the link between surrealism and architecture as Dali’s ‘Sleep’, a painting that depicts a slumbering, head propped up by crutches, is placed alongside a note by Office for Metropolitan Architecture director Rem Koolhas describing his Surrealist inspiration. The Surreal House was in female artist Leonora Carrington’s novel of 1937, a ‘Maison de la Peur’ or house of fear: the flickering lighting and uncertain corridors certainly reflect this notion. Buster Keaton’s famous slapstick scenes from ‘Steamboat Bill Jr’ are set in stark contrast to the shocking attack on our mortality presented in Rachel Whiteread’s sepulchral resin cast that resembles most strikingly a sarcophagus. Mixing the enchanting and delightful with the chillingly disquieting, The Surreal House is the perfect site for Surrealist distortions, automatisms and dreamscapes. The Surreal House Barbican Art Gallery, EC2, Ends 12 September