Surrealism launched in Paris in 1924 – playful, provocative, shocking. It wanted to open up a new kind of reality, and quickly took the world by storm.
In this exhibition, you’ll encounter 180 surrealist works, from paintings and photographs to books, sculpture, and film. This world-class collection from the Netherlands spans the 1910s to 1960s.
Get up close to some of Salvador Dalí’s most important paintings and sculpture. Explore the layers of his masterpiece Impressions of Africa in an immersive digital projection. See his sensuous Mae West Lips Sofa, and watch extracts from his sensational film The Golden Age, which caused a riot at its first screening in 1930s Paris.
Hear the anarchic chaos of the Cabaret Voltaire – where dada, the forerunner to surrealism, first emerged. Step inside a René Magritte painting. Record one of your dreams to add to our archive, inspired by the original Bureau of Surrealist Research.
Salvador Dalí, Mae West Lips Sofa, wood, woollen flannel, cotton, and brass rivets, 1938. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (purchase with the support of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation and the Rembrandt Association). Photo: Jannes Linders. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/VEGAP. Copyright Agency, 2020
Relaxed viewing sessions
Experience a quieter viewing of this immersive exhibition – for visitors with autism or sensory sensitivities, or living with disability.
Visitor numbers at these sessions are restricted to offer a quieter experience. Sound effects within the exhibition are reduced and passouts can be provided if needed.
Tue 15 Jun, 4.30pm and 5pm
Sun 5 Sep, 10am and 10.30am
School group pricing
Enter the marvellous world of surrealism with an exclusive school group price of $35 per 5 students and 1 adult helper/teacher.
Conditions of entry
No wet coats and umbrellas or large bags are allowed in Surrealist Art due to the fragile nature of the artworks on display. Please place these items in Coat and bag check on Level 1.
Surrealist Art hotel package
Accor, the exhibition Hotel Partner, are offering a Surrealist Art package, which includes accommodation, breakfast, and general admission tickets for up to two to Surrealist Art between 12 Jun – 30 Oct 2021.
Indemnified by the New Zealand Government.
Surrealist Art High Tea
Surrealist Art High TeaDaily at 11am, 12.30pm, and 2pm during the exhibition (12 Jun – 31 Oct 2021). Espresso cafe, Level 4
Talk: Introducing Surrealism!
Talk: Introducing Surrealism!Sat 19 Jun 2021, 2.00pm–3.00pm Te Marae, Level 4
Surrealist Art | He Toi Pohewa Whānau Day: Expect the unexpected!
Surrealist Art | He Toi Pohewa Whānau Day: Expect the unexpected!Thu 15 Jul 2021, 10.00am–3.00pm Wellington Foyer, Level 2
Surrealist SoiréeSat 31 Jul, 7:30pm to midnight Wellington Foyer, Level 2
Surrealist SupperTue 3 Aug 2021, 7.00pm–10.00pmWed 4 Aug 2021, 7.00pm–10.00pm Toi Art, Level 4
Talk: A Mouthful of Fur – The hairy, furry and beastly symbolism of female surrealists
Talk: A Mouthful of Fur – The hairy, furry and beastly symbolism of female surrealistsSat 14 Aug 2021, 2.00pm–3.00pm Te Marae, Level 4
Film Screening: Spellbound
Film Screening: SpellboundSun 29 Aug 2021, 2.00pm–4.00pm Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Surrealist Art | He Toi Pohewa: Relaxed viewing sessions
Surrealist Art | He Toi Pohewa: Relaxed viewing sessionsSun 5 Sep 2021, 10.00am–11.00am Toi Art, Level 4
Dreaming After Dark
Dreaming After DarkFri 10 Sep 2021, 7.30pm–10.30pm Toi Art, Level 4
Dinner, Dalí, and Masterpieces
Dinner, Dalí, and MasterpiecesFri 17 Sep 2021, 7.00pm–11.00pm Wellington Foyer, Level 2
Talk: On the Threshold of Liberty – Surrealism and Politics
Talk: On the Threshold of Liberty – Surrealism and PoliticsSat 18 Sep 2021, 2.00pm–3.00pm Te Marae, Level 4
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