Dalí, Ernst, Magritte, Miró... From the Collections of Roland Penrose, Edward James, Gabrielle Keiller and Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch
From 11 February to 28 May 2017, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is proud to have presented Mad About Surrealism, an unprecedented survey of the Surrealist movement with masterpieces from four famous European collections. The majority of the works had rarely or never been exhibited publicly and disappeared behind closed doors again at the end of May 2017.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s spring 2017 exhibition explored the magical world of Surrealism. In partnership with renowned museums in Edinburgh and Hamburg, the museum showed how artists such as Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte and Joan Miró used their passion and imagination to subvert everyday reality.
The more than 300 works in the exhibition were from four superb private collections, which have been brought together for the first time.
This internationally travelling exhibition was developed in close collaboration with two renowned international art museums: the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh and the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Artists in the exhibition
Acme Newspictures, Inc., Eileen Agar, Jean (Hans) Arp, Cecil Beaton, Hans Bellmer, Victor Brauner, André Breton, Edward Carrick, Leonora Carringon, Giorgio de Chirico, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Marcel Duchamp, Nusch Éluard, Paul Éluard, Max Ernst, Plutarco Gastélum Esquer, D. Gascoyne, Alberto Giacometti, Stanley William Hayter, Maurice Henry, Hannah Höch, Valentine Hugo, Georges Hugnet, Edward James, Marcel Jean, Jaqueline Lamba, René Magritte, André Masson, Vincent Mentzel, E.L.T. Mesens, Claude Michaelides, Lee Miller, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, P. Naville, Wolfgang Paalen, Eduardo Paolozzi, Norman Parkinson, H. Pastoureau, Roland Penrose, Valentine Penrose, B. Péret, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, H. Read, Mark Rothko, Henri Rousseau, Eric Schaal, N. Simon, A. Stieglitz, H. Sykes Davies, Yves Tanguy, Dorothea Tanning, Eileen Tweedy & Tristan Tzara.
Paintings in the exhibition
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – the Surrealism museum in the Netherlands
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has an extensive collection of Surrealist art, which was begun in the 1970s. While the other Dutch museums concentrated on the cool modernism of Northern Europe, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen turned its attention to the developments in the southern cities of Brussels, Paris and Madrid. The museum organised exhibitions of works by Man Ray and René Magritte and in 1970 Salvador Dalí’s first European retrospective opened in Rotterdam. The artist’s attendance at the opening resulted in massive publicity and visitors queued for hours to see the exhibition. The museum’s Surrealist collection now comprises more than 125 paintings and sculptures plus a collection of rare books and publications, which attracts art lovers from all over the world. With ‘Mad About Surrealism’, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is once again demonstrating the power of the art movement that is an important cornerstone of its collection and the exhibition programme.More information
The surrealists were passionate and their collectors were no less so. Three were assembled by eccentric British patrons: Edward James (1907-1984) Gabrielle Keiller (1908-1996) and Roland Penrose (1900-1984). The fourth collection belongs to the German couple Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch, who have collected art for decades and began to focus on the Surrealists in the 1970s.
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