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Surrealist Art at the Dallas Museum of Art

Museum Overview

The Dallas Museum of Art houses some very impressive art collections. The collections include those that are permanent, such as the "Ten Treasures" and the "Wendy and Emery Reves Collection", and those that are temporary which are always travelling in and out of the various galleries such as "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs" so it is always worth a visit because there will always be something new to see.

Plan Your Visit

When planning your visit to the Dallas Museum of Art it is important to know that on Tuesdays and Wednesdays the museum is open from 11am – 5pm, on Thursday the museum stays open till 9pm and from Friday till Sunday the opening hours are 11pm – 5pm. Take note that the museum is closed on Mondays. There is a restaurant and café at the museum so you can have a break and recharge your batteries before continuing to view the artwork. Leave time to browse the museum store at the end of your visit – you may wish to purchase some of the nice souvenirs that they have on offer. Before one visits it may be worthwhile to check the museum's website to see what special events or exhibitions are going on when one is planning a visit.

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Surrealist Art at the Dallas Museum of Art

Among the wide collection of art at the Dallas Museum of Art there are many surrealist works of art. There are many works by Spanish Salvador Dali (1904-1989) including "The Glory that Was Spain's", "Preparation for the Final Prayer", "The Archangel Gabriel" and many other works from many different types of media including woodcuttings, etchings, lithographs, paper, ink, dry point, silkscreen and collage. As with the majority of the surrealist artists, Dali was very imaginative and he liked drawing attention to himself with his eccentric behaviour. Sometimes his behaviour received more attention than his artwork!

Other surrealist artists whose work is displayed in the Dallas Museum of Art include Belgian Rene Magritte (1898-1967) with paintings such as "Persian Letters" which is oil on panel painting; Magritte is well-known for his very interesting and thought-challenging images. With his work Magritte's intention was indeed to challenge peoples' preconditioned perception of reality and he definitely achieved this aim in his numerous works. The French-German surrealist Jean Arp (1886-1966) is also featured in the museum with sculptures such as "Stars in a Dream" and "Classical Sculpture". Arp was originally in the Dada movement which later influenced the surrealists and his work was included in the first exhibition of the surrealist group in Galerie Pierre in Paris. Works by Man Ray from America (1890-1976) can also be found at this impressive museum such as his lithographic piece "Personage". Man Ray was born in America but spent most of his life in France. Perhaps best known for his avant-garde photography he also made a great contribution to the surrealist movement.
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