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up to and including 25 February 2019

Dal Nulla al Sogno

From 27 October 2018 to 25 February 2019, no fewer than 149 masterpieces from the museum’s Surrealist collection were shown at the Fondazione Ferrero in Alba in the exhibition ‘From Nothingness to Dreams’. The absolute highlight was Dalí’s triptych ‘Landscape with a Girl Skipping Rope’, which is rarely seen outside the museum.

Together with the Fondazione Ferrero in Alba, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen curated an exhibition of works from the museum’s unique Surrealist collection of paintings, objects, drawings, magazines and books. Famous works that travelled to Italy include Dalí's ‘Mae West Lips Sofa’, Magritte’s ‘Not to Be Reproduced’ and Picabia’s ‘Egoism’. The exhibition also featured a large selection of Surrealist publications from the museum’s library.

Salvador Dalí, Mae West Lips Sofa, 1938, collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Salvador Dalí, Mae West Lips Sofa, 1938, collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. More information
Francis Picabia, Egoism¸1947-1950, collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Francis Picabia, Egoism¸1947-1950, collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. More information
Rene Magritte, La reproduction interdite, 1937, collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Rene Magritte, La reproduction interdite, 1937, collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. More information

‘From Nothingness to Dreams’

Every two years, the Fondazione Ferrero organises an exhibition with free entry. In 2018, the Italian curator Marco Vallora organised the exhibition ‘Dal Nulla al Sogno’ with the works from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The exhibition’s title, ‘Dal Nulla al Sogno’ ('From Nothingness to Dreams: Dada and Surrealism from the Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen'), referred to the anti-art or nothingness of Dadaism and the subsequent development towards the visual dreamworld of Surrealism.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – The Netherlands Museum of Surrealism

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen started building its extensive collection of Surrealist art in the 1970s. The museum organised exhibitions of the work of Man Ray and René Magritte, and in 1970 it mounted Dalí’s first retrospective exhibition in Europe. Dalí’s presence at the opening generated enormous publicity. Visitors queued for hours to see the exhibition. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s Surrealist collection, which now numbers more than 150 works of art plus a collection of rare books and publications, attracts art lovers to Rotterdam from all over the world.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – The Netherlands Museum of Surrealism
Salvador Dalí in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1970.

Transit Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has been closed since 2019 for a large-scale renovation and modernisation project. During this Transit period, the museum is showing its world-class collection in venues throughout Rotterdam and around the world. It has entered into a unique partnership with eight neighbouring venues in the city under the name ‘Boijmans Next Door’. Boijmans is also operating internationally, with travelling exhibitions abroad. At the beginning of the 2019/20 school year, the museum began showing works from the collection in local schools as part of ‘Boijmans in the Classroom’. Since the beginning of 2020, Boijmans, Humanitas and other local partners have been active in a former school in Rotterdam Zuid at Hillevliet 90. In the meantime, the construction of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is progressing steadily. The world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility will open in early 2021 and will safely house and display 151,000 works of art.

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