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A recent gift of over 4,000 texts prompted the museum to create a new study centre devoted to Surrealism.

Boijmans Museum to Unite Surrealist Texts and Artworks

Theo van Baaren, Offer (1989). Gift from the artist to Laurens Vancrevel and Frida de Jong in 1989 and donated to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in 2018.

Collectors Laurens Vancrevel and Frida de Jong have donated over 4,000 items, including monographs, catalogues and literature on Surrealism, to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The gift builds on a collection of Surrealist artworks the museum has been amassing since the early 1960s, which comprises pieces by Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, and others.

Saskia van Kampen-Prein, the museum's curator of modern and contemporary art, said, 'this generous gift removes the traditional separation between Surrealist art and literature.'

With its new trove of Surrealist texts, the museum plans to open a study centre devoted to Surrealism, the first of its kind, which they say will be open to anyone with an interest in the movement.

Vancrevel and de Jong described the study centre as 'a brilliant idea'.

'It shows clearly that in Surrealism, as a philosophy of creativity, visual art is not detached from poetry or from the maker's view of the world,' they said. 'Our Surrealism library will come into its own there.'

The Boijmans, which opened in 1849, was built on the contributions of private collectors. Some 1,700 of them have gifted over 50,000 objects so far, including works by Hieronymus Bosch and Jacob van Ruisdael provided by Frans Boijmans and Daniël George van Beuningen, two private collectors who give the museum its name. —[O]

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