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Fluffy white clouds in a bright blue sky, with a red sofa in the shape of lips superimposed on top

Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen He Toi Pohewa: He Toi Marupō o Muhiama o Boijmans Van Beuningen

Enter the marvellous world of surrealism. See extraordinary artworks by Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Marcel Duchamp, Leonora Carrington, Man Ray, and more. Astonishing, surprising, and only at Te Papa.

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

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.

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.

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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


Indemnified by the New Zealand Government.


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.

Book the Time To Celebrate package, available at selected hotels


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