Unlike Impressionism or Cubism, Surrealism was never a style; instead it was a way of thinking that found expressionism in painting, literature, photography, film, architecture and fashion. Surrealism means 'beyond realism'. The Surrealists sought to go beyond the world of 'visible reality' and instead investigate dreams, the unconscious, the irrational, the absurd and the fantastic.

This display focuses on works by Dalí, Ernst, Magritte and many other Surrealist artists. There are also African and Oceanic sculptures on display alongside a cabinet of curiosities