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Surrealist Art

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 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.

Mae West Lips Sofa, 1938. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/VEGAP. Copyright Agency, 2021

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Experience surrealism in all its magnificence at our Surrealist Soirée. Dust off your black tie and ball gowns, this is a party like you’ve never known – with a side of surreal.

Dates
Sat 31 Jul

Enter a dream world with a night of otherworldly performance, experimental games and activities, and strange stories.

Includes exhibition entry. Food and cash bar available.

Dates
Fri 10 Sep

Exclusive after-hours viewing of our unmissable Surrealist Art exhibition, followed by a three-course fine dining and wine experience and live entertainment. Over 18's only.

A selection of plated food prepared by Te Papa, 2020, Mark Faamaoni, Big Mark & Co

Dates
Fri 17 Sep

Prepare for your Surrealist Art journey with our High Tea package.

A charming selection of savoury and sweet treats await you, in our Espresso Café on level 4.

Your ticket includes entry to the Surrealist Art exhibition.

Dates
Sat 12 Jun to Sun 31 Oct

Your tour will take you through this unmissable exhibition, highlighting the breadth and richness of Surrealist work, encompassing paintings, photography, sculpture, books, prints, design, and film. Our guides will share the meanings and historical influences behind significant Surrealist art, providing greater insight into these masterpieces by Salvador Dalí, Rene Magritte, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray.

Secure your spot and enrich your visit to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's world-class collection of Surrealist art brought to you from Rotterdam to Te Papa.

Approx tour duration: 60 minutes
Your ticket includes entry to the Surrealist Art exhibition.

Dates
Sat 12 Jun to Sun 31 Oct

Tour will commence an hour after your High Tea time
Approx tour duration: 60 minutes

Your tour will take you through this unmissable exhibition, highlighting the breadth and richness of Surrealist work, encompassing paintings, photography, sculpture, books, prints, design, and film. Our guides will share the meanings and historical influences behind significant Surrealist art, providing greater insight into these masterpieces by Salvador Dalí, Rene Magritte, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray.

Secure your spot and enrich your visit to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's world-class collection of Surrealist art brought to you from Rotterdam to Te Papa.

Prepare for your Surrealist Art journey with our High Tea package.
A charming selection of savoury and sweet treats await you, in our Espresso Café on level 4.

Your ticket includes entry to the Surrealist Art exhibition.

Dates
Sat 12 Jun to Sun 31 Oct

Relaxed Viewing Sessions:
Tuesday 15 June, 4:30pm and 5:00pm
Sunday 5 September, 10:00am and 10:30am

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.

Dates
Tue 15 Jun and Sun 5 Sep

Enter the world of surrealism and hear the stories behind the artworks in this immersive audio guide.

You can access the guide on your own phone and headphones, or pick up an iPod at the exhibition entrance

Dates
Sat 12 Jun to Sun 31 Oct

This comprehensive book showcases all the works from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam that appear in the Surrealist Art exhibition at Te Papa.

It includes biographies of all the featured artists, an introduction to Surrealism from the show’s curators, and a history of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and its world-leading Surrealist art collection.

Dates
Sat 12 Jun to Sun 31 Oct

Take up the opportunity to purchase an exclusive Surrealist Art memento as a special keepsake of your exhibition visit at Te Papa.

Limited edition.

Dates
Sat 12 Jun to Sun 31 Oct

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