Dali’s Sensual Mae West Lips Sofa in Place

Employees of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen transport the Mae West Lips Sofa. Photo: Kees Spruijt

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Dali’s Sensual 'Mae West Lips Sofa' in Place
Installation of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Surrealism Exhibit in Full Swing
18 September 2013

Salvador Dalí’s sensual red ‘lips sofa’ is being installed in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen today. The 'Mae West Lips Sofa' is world famous. There are only five in existence and the Rotterdam museum has one of them.

The sofa is the first of seventeen works by the Spanish artist to be installed in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen for an exhibit opening on 21 September. Oil paintings will be joined by assemblies, readymades and sculptures, including the iconic 'White Aphrodisiac Telephone' (1936) and 'Couple aux tetes pleines de nuages' (1936).

The exhibition features three important works of art on loan from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. One is a three-dimensional portrait that Dalí made with Man Ray, and there is a painting of a young woman at a window which Dalí painted when he was twenty-one.

The museum is pushing the boat out with an exhibit on Surrealism to celebrate the return to Rotterdam of seven works by the artist that have been away at major Dalí exhibitions in Europe for the past ten months. They have been seen in the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Exhibition: 'An Umbrella, a Sewing Machine and a Dissecting Table: Surrealism à la Dalí in Rotterdam'.
21 September 2013 to 2 February 2014