Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents Surrealism à la Dalí in Rotterdam

. September 22, 2013

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents Surrealism à la Dalí in Rotterdam an exhibition on view through February 2 2014.

Salvador Dalí, Le visage de la guerre, 1940, oil on canvas, 64 x 79 cm. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Salvador Dalí, Le visage de la guerre, 1940, oil on canvas, 64 x 79 cm. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Salvador Dalí (1904-1981) returns to Rotterdam. For the last ten months seven of the artist’s works have been away at major Dalí exhibitions in Europe. The triptych Landscape with a Girl Skipping a Rope, which is more than four and a half metres wide, was one of the key works in a major retrospective of the Spanish artist staged in the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

The museum is celebrating the return of the seven paintings with a unique Dalí exhibition. The prestigious collection of works by Dalí can be seen in all its glory in conjunction with works of art by early Surrealists like Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy and Giorgio de Chirico. The display also includes a number of eye-catching pieces, among them the sensual Mae West Lips Sofa (1938). Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has one of the five examples that were made of this world-famous piece of furniture. Along with the paintings there are ready-mades and assemblies by Dalí, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp. These are three-dimensional objects put together from all manner of materials and ‘found objects’.

The exhibition is strengthened by three exceptional Dalís from the collection of the Museo Nacional Centre d’Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, which rarely travel. One is a painting of a figure of a woman in front of a window, which Dalí painted when he was twenty-one. The museum will also be showing an extraordinary portrait Man Ray made in 1936, to which Dalí then added minute decoration. The three works are the Reina Sofía’s way of thanking Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen for its generous loan of two Dalí oil paintings for their exhibition. www.boijmans.nl

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