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Surrealist Art at the New York Guggenheim Museum

Museum Overview

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is more than just a museum. It is an internationally renowned institution where people can see art, learn about art, watch films related to art or attend events connected to art. It is a modern and contemporary art museum whose magnificent building has also become a "must-see" tourist site before even stepping over the threshold.

Plan Your Visit

The Guggenheim Museum is situated at 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street. In order to plan your visit it is important to know that the museum is closed on Thursdays. It is open from Sunday to Wednesday and on Fridays from 10am to 5.45pm. On Saturdays the museum stays open till 7.45pm. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and some galleries may close earlier than the main museum so it is worth checking this when you arrive in order to avoid missing anything you particularly want to see.

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Tickets cost $18 for adults. There are concessions for students and seniors at $15 and for children under 12 admission is free.

Surrealist Art at the Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum is not actually divided into different departments according to art genres but amongst the artworks displayed in the main museum one can find masterpieces spanning all the genres and years of contemporary and modern art history including surrealism.

Surrealism actually began as a literary movement before developing into an artistic one. The surrealist movement was pioneered by Andre Breton in France in the 1920s who together with his circle of poets and artists explored Sigmund Freud's world of dreams and the uncanny. They were inspired by the poetry of Stephane Mellarme and Arthur Rimbaud and the writings of Guillaume Apollinaire. They were also inspired by the metaphysical paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, symbolism and ethnography.

Surrealist artworks at the Guggenheim include work by Jean Arp such as "Overturned Blue Shoe with Two Heels under a Blue Vault" and "Head and Shell". Other surrealist artists featured at the Guggenheim include William Baziotes, Victor Brauner, the aforementioned Giorgio de Chirico, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst and many more.

In 1999 there was a special exhibition of surrealist art at the Guggenheim Museum called "Surrealism: Two Private Eyes, The Nesuhi Ertegun and Daniel Filipacchi Collections" which presented the most exceptional private collection of Surrealist art which summed up four decades of friendship and sometimes rivalry between these two great masters of art.

New York is the perfect venue for viewing surrealist artworks because The Big Apple became the world center for surrealist activity when exiled artists sought to recreate the community they had left in Paris.
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