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Boijmans Abroad

‘Boijmans Abroad’ is one of the spearheads to keep the collection visible during the museum’s large-scale renovation and modernisation programme. ‘Boijmans Abroad’ ensures that people in different continents can acquaint themselves with the city of Rotterdam’s art collection.

For Boijmans Abroad and our traveling exhibitions, we have developed a world map where visitors can immerse themselves in exhibitions from the present, past and future in various cities. Image, text, audio and video, everything comes together.

At the first stop, the focus is on 'Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen', now on display in Wellington, New Zealand. This exhibition marks the start of a world tour and is the first exhibition as part of Boijmans Abroad.

Surrealist Art!

Museum Te Papa Tongarewa has been exhibiting 180 highlights from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's famous collection of surrealism since 12 June in the exhibition ‘Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’. This exhibition can be seen in Wellington until 31 October 2021. 

The 180 Surrealist masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen include major works by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, René Magritte and Leonora Carrington. Winding through a series of spaces, visitors will learn about Dada, the movement that preceded Surrealism. They will explore how dreams, chance and desire inspired the art of the Surrealists. The exhibition showcases the incredible wealth and diversity of Surrealism. It includes not only masterpiece paintings and sculpture, but also cutting-edge film, photography, design and more. 

Iconic Surrealist works on display include Salvador Dalí’s Mae West Lips Sofa (1938), a playfully subversive couch shaped as a lush pair of red lips, René Magritte’s Not to Be Reproduced (1937), a work in which a figure gazes into the mirror and sees nothing but the back of his own head. The recently acquired Again the Gemini are in the Orchard (1947), a painting Leonora Carrington that is infused with dreamy fantasy, will also be exhibited.

Surrealist Art!
'Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa' - Photography: Mark Tantrum

A new interactive experience

Experience the 'Surrealist Art' exhibition at Te Papa from home or anywhere.

We are glad to share this special exhibition on the other side of the world with you soon through an interactive 360° tour, which we developed with the assistance of Te Papa.

With the 360° tour you can 'walk and move' through the different areas of the exhibition. It is also possible to view a selection of artworks in detail with in-depth audio and text.

Curators Lizzie Bisley and Els Hoek in conversation about the exhibition

Curators Lizzie Bisley (Te Papa) and Els Hoek (Boijmans) guide us through the Surrealist Art exhibition in Wellington in this video.

Video by Sonder Films

Transit Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is modernising. Last year, the museum began a much-needed, large-scale renovation, which is expected to take seven years. During this Transit period, the museum is venturing out into Rotterdam and further afield to ensure that its world-class collection remains visible to the public. More than five hundred works of art from the collection are featured in eleven surprising exhibitions in the Rotterdam area. Boijmans has also curated a series of  exhibitions that are travelling to foreign museums. Since 2019 the museum has been introducing schoolchildren in Rotterdam to real artworks from the collection in the programme ‘Boijmans in the Classroom’. In the meantime, the construction of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is nearing completion. The world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility will open 6 November 2021 and will house 151,000 works of art.

More about Boijmans in Transit