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Dalì and the City exhibition – Moor House

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Dalì and the City exhibition

by David Franchi – 14th May 2011

Moor House is hosting a refined exhibition about Salvador Dalì. “Dalì and the City“, ongoing until the 30th June 2011, has an interesting point of view about the famous Catalan artist. The venue is a large office building in Moorgate, London, designed by Sir
Norman Foster.

While in the square in front of the edifice the anti -cuts protests are ongoing, inside the building this stunning exhibition displays pieces of Dalì rarely seen in the UK.

A tall bronze statue, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (480 cm), opens the exhibition located outside of the building just in front of the entrance. Conceived in 1977, it is the master piece here and it has never been seen in the UK.

Indoor there is a broad array of sculptures, prints and original collages. Sculptures are interesting for their subjects, namely the “Melting Watch” a recurrent theme in Dalì works, who was so much obsessed by watches that in his autobiography “La vie secrete” (1942) said: “The mechanical object was become my worst enemy, and as for watches, they would have to be soft or not to be at all!”.

Dalì was fascinated by the occult and the subconscious. Therefore, the artist designed an entire Tarot Card series from which there are five of them on display, very original works created in a mixed medium of collage, gouache and watercolour on board.

This exhibition displays two pieces from the series ‘Memoires du Surrealism’ (1971). It was created by Dalì in the last years of his life looking back to his career and producing this series of twelve etching on lithographs.

Also on show pieces from the etching series ‘Flora Suite’ that blends Surrealism and flowers.

Finally the ‘Anniversary Series’ that brings together several techniques such as stamp-signed, mixed media lithograph, serigraph and l’eau fort, and pieces are representing the same theme of the sculptures.

Salvador Dali is an icon of the twentieth century art. He was born in Catalonia (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989) and his real name was Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marquis of Dalí de Púbol. He claimed that his ancestors were descended from the Moors – so that Moor House sounds appropriate for an exhibition, isn’t it?

Dalí was a gifted draftsman with unique skills. His extensive artistic repertoire includes film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Dalì had a troubled private life. He believed to be the reincarnation of his dead brother. His mother death in 1921 was the greatest blow in his life. Dalì was expelled from the Academia where he was studying. He was also expelled from the Surrealist group. When Dalì married Gala, his father did not accept the marriage and after others arguments literally kicked him out of home.

Dalí was a highly imaginative person with an eccentric behaviour for which he was sometimes better known than his artwork. A cause of this he was attacked his entire life, badly nicknamed, received many accuses, treated like a dead when still alive, was object of extremely harsh polemics and probably exorcised by an Italian priest.

However, his notoriety didn’t stop to grow and nowadays Dalì is recognised as one of the most important artists of all time.

The exhibition is organised by Modern Masters Gallery and sponsored by Equiduct and The Dalì Universe. At Moor House until the 30th June 2011.

Published for RemoteGoat: www.remotegoat.co.uk

Direct link: http://www.remotegoat.co.uk/review_view.php?uid=6955

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May 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

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