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Two framed paintings in the shape of a head and torso depict a desert landscape with a city in the distance and tables in the foreground. On the tables are an empty glass and a bunch of grapes

Dalí and the Surrealists: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Dalí me ngā Ringatoi Pohewa: He Toi Marupō Muhiama o Boijmans Van Beuningen

Surrealism is one of the most important and influential art movements of the 20th century. This exhibition brings Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s world-class collection of Surrealist art from Rotterdam to Te Papa.

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  • When | Āhea 12 Jun – 31 Oct 2021
  • Where | Ki hea Toi Art, Level 4

Dalí and the Surrealists has been postponed until June 2021, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Surrealist artists sought to shock, provoke, and delight.

Launched by manifesto in Paris in 1924, Surrealism quickly took the world by storm. It spread across all fields of artistic production and its influence was felt around the globe. This exhibition highlights the breadth and richness of Surrealist work, encompassing paintings, photography, sculpture, books, prints, design, and film. From the dream-like to the uncanny, visitors are invited to delve into a fantastical world and enter a new kind of reality.

The exhibition consists of 180 works, including a world-class collection of paintings, sculpture and drawings by Salvador Dalí. Other artists including René Magritte, Marcel Duchamp, Leonora Carrington, and Man Ray are represented through some of their greatest works. Spanning the decades from the 1910s to the 1960s, the exhibition brings together many of the most distinctive objects and images of the past 100 years.


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Salvador Dalí, Couple with their heads in the clouds, oil on panel, 1936. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Purchase with the support of: the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation, the Rembrandt Association, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Erasmusstichting and Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht. Photo: Studio Tromp. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dali/VEGAP. Copyright Agency, 2020

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