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Surrealist Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Museum Overview

Originally the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston was opened in 1876 and at that time it was located in Copley Square where it was home to 5.600 works of art. As the years went by the art collection at the MFA grew as did the number of visitors and in 1909 the museum moved to its current location in Huntington Avenue.

Today the MFA houses nearly 450,000 works and welcomes more than one million visitors every year who come to the museum to see art collections ranging from Ancient Egypt to Contemporary or to see special temporary exhibitions or to participate in various educational programs.

Plan Your Visit

When planning your visit to the MFA it is worthwhile checking their schedule on their website in order to find out what special exhibitions are going on at the time of your visit and also to check that all the galleries you want to see are open and that there haven't been any sudden changes. From Saturday through Tuesday the MFA is open from 10.45am-4.45pm and from Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 9.45pm. Visitors are requested to enter at the Huntington or State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance. If you need a hotel room near the museum, visit

Surrealist Art at the Boston MFA

Surrealist artworks can be seen in the central gallery of the third level of the museum. There you will find paintings displayed by surrealist artists such as Arshile Gorky (1904-1948) who, after experimenting with a number of different types of art eventually turned to surrealism in the 1930s, Roberto Matta (!911-1922) who was one of Chile's best-known painters. Matta produced illustrations and articles for surrealist journals such as "Minotaure". In the Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery one can see "Nuage et Oiseaux" by Miro who was considered by the poet and philosopher Andre Breton to be "the most surrealist of us all".

As mentioned above, make sure you check the museum's website before your visit because if you are looking for something specific like more surrealist work then you never know, there may be a special temporary exhibition going on at that time that may interest you. An example of one of these special exhibitions was "The Romance of Modernism: Paintings and Sculpture from the Scott M. Black Collection" which included surrealist works by Rene Magritte (1898-1967) whose many famous paintings include "The Empty Mask" – s work which evokes the fear of the invisible which is a theme running through many of this artist's paintings and it reflects the surrealists' fascination with the unconscious.
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