The Tabernacle by French surrealist artist Yves Tanguy has recently been added to the Boijmans collection with the support of the BankGiro Lottery. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen already has an extensive collection of masterpieces of surrealism and in addition to the Tanguy object, the museum has a fabulous painted ‘dream landscape’ by him. These are the only works of Tanguy in the Collection Netherlands. Le Tabernacle is now on display as part of The Collection as a Time Machine, strand until 13th January.
For the surrealists there is not only man but also the thing full of riddles and secrets. That is why they often use objets trouvés, objects found to which erotic or other suggestive meanings are attributed. A famous example is this objet trouvé by Tanguy depicted in several early publications: a bizarre fur-covered box crowned by a head of a creature between dog and monkey. And then there are also arms of a candlestick attached to it.