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A Huge Surrealism Exhibition Is Coming to Wellington

The exhibition will be the largest collection of Surrealist art ever to be shown in New Zealand.
By Stephen Heard
March 02, 2020
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A Huge Surrealism Exhibition Is Coming to Wellington

The exhibition will be the largest collection of Surrealist art ever to be shown in New Zealand.
By Stephen Heard
March 02, 2020
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Masterpieces from surrealism's biggest names will land in the capital next summer, including works from legendary Spanish artist Salvador Dalí. Exhibiting at Te Papa's Toi Art from 5 December 2020 to 26 April 2021, Dalí and the Surrealists arrives by way of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

The exhibition will be the largest collection of Surrealist art ever to be shown in New Zealand. Highlighting the breadth and richness of Surrealist work through paintings, photography, sculpture, books, prints, design, and film, it will feature a world-class collection from Dalí, plus pieces from Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Leonora Carrington and René Magritte set to shock, provoke, and delight.

The exhibition consists of 180 works spanning from 1920 to 1960. Visitors will be able to see iconic Surrealist works such as Dalí's Mae West Lips Sofa, a playful couch shaped as a lush pair of red lips, and René Magritte's La maison de verre (The glass house) — an uncanny masterpiece in which a man's face looks out from the back of his head.

Te Papa Head of Art Charlotte Davy says, "Visitors will be struck by the power of Surrealist ideas which are still incredibly relevant today – both politically and as an influence on contemporary artists."

Dalí and the Surrealists: Masterpieces from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam is set to run at Te Papa's Toi Art from 5 December 2020 to 26 April 2021. Tickets will go on sale in October 2020.

Image: Studio Tromp, Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dali/VEGAP.

Published on March 02, 2020 by Stephen Heard

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