Acquisition of Surrealist painting

29 September 2007

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is proud to announce the acquisition of the painting ‘Paysage avec nuages roses’ from 1928 by Yves Tanguy. The acquisition of this Surrealist work of art was uncertain up to the last minute. Several major funding bodies had made generous contributions, but this was insufficient to cover the asking price of €1.1 million.

A benefit gala dinner provided the solution. On Friday 28 September 2007 the museum held a Surrealist benefit dinner to raise the remaining funds. Individuals and companies paid for tables thus allowing the museum to complete the purchase.

The painting can be seen from 29 September until 13 January in the exhibition ‘Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design’. After the exhibition the museum will add the painting to its world-famous collection of Surrealist works.

Until this acquisition there was no work by Tanguy in a Dutch collection. The painting is part of a series of twelve works that Tanguy made for André Breton, the leader of the Surrealists in Paris. The painting shows a silent and mysterious nocturnal landscape with shell-like and other organic forms.

The museum has acquired ‘Paysage avec nuages roses’ from a private collector in Paris through the mediation of the Amsterdam-based art consultant Matthijs Erdman.
The painting has been acquired with support from the BankGiro Loterij, the Rembrandt Society, the Mondriaan Foundation and the VSBfonds, as well as the support of the many individuals and companies that contributed funds via the gala dinner.